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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) treatment

Allegheny Health Network urologist Frank Costa, MD is now offering men suffering from enlarged prostate a new minimally invasive procedure called UroLift® that can help relieve symptoms and allow men to forego medication while maintaining sexual function.

Impact of BPH on the prostate

The prostate is a male reproductive gland, about the size of a walnut, that produces fluid for semen. The prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body.

“Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, is a very common condition that affects about 12 million men in the United States alone, about one in four men age 55 or older,” said Dr. Costa. “Particularly for men over age 70, it can significantly decrease quality of life, causing sleepless nights, urinary problems, loss of productivity, and even depression. Until UroLift, the only options for these men were long-term medication and surgical treatments that potentially left them dealing with bothersome to severe side effects."

As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as:

  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Weak or slow urine stream
  • Difficulty or delay in starting urination
  • A urinary stream that stops and starts

How UroLift® works

  • The UroLift System uses tiny implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating, or removal of prostate tissue.
  • An enlarged prostate compresses on the urethra, making it difficult for urine to flow.
  • The UroLift device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.
  • The device compresses the tissue and delivers tiny implants to lift and hold prostate tissue out of the way, opening the urethra. The permanent implants keep the tissue in place, like tiebacks on a window curtain.
  • The UroLift device is removed, leaving an open urethra for urine to flow.

Learn more about UroLift®

“We are committed to providing patients with the highest quality, most effective options to address their urology needs,” Dr. Costa said. “The UroLift system has an excellent safety profile and provides fast and meaningful relief from BPH symptoms, improving overall quality of life for our patients.”

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (412) 373-2333 or (412) 380-5264.