UroLift

Khaled Fareed, MD -  - Urology

Urology Center of Orange County

Khaled Fareed, MD

Urology located in Fountain Valley, CA

Men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), more commonly known as an enlarged prostate, and who have uncomfortable symptoms can get quick relief with the UroLift® System. At the Urology Center of Orange County, Khaled Fareed, MD, performs the UroLift procedure in the office. The one-time procedure uses advanced technology to gently compress the prostate, take pressure off the urethra, and restore normal urination. To learn more, call the office in Fountain Valley, California today.

UroLift Q&A

What condition does the UroLift System treat?

By design, the UroLift System treats benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate. BPH is a common problem in men because their prostate gland slowly and continuously grows throughout their adult years.

Your prostate gland wraps around the urethra (the tube that carries urine). As the prostate gets larger, it squeezes the urethra, gradually limiting the flow of urine through the tube.

BPH causes symptoms such as:

  • Frequent urination
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Difficulty starting to urinate
  • Inability to drain the bladder
  • Dribbling urine after going to the bathroom
  • Urine stream that’s weak and stops and starts

Many men first notice a problem when they need to wake up during the night to urinate.

How does UroLift work?

The UroLift device restores the flow of urine by moving the prostate tissue away from the urethra. Many treatments for BPH destroy or remove prostatic tissue to create more space for the urethra. 

By comparison, UroLift doesn’t eliminate tissue. Instead, it uses small, painless implants to gently compress the prostate on both sides of the urethra. The implants hold the prostate away from the urethra.

After your initial exam at the Urology Center of Orange County, Dr. Fareed determines if you’re a good candidate for the UroLift procedure. As a general guideline, most men qualify if they’re 45 years or older and have BPH symptoms.

What happens during a UroLift procedure?

Before your procedure, Dr. Fareed talks with you about your options for anesthesia. When you’re ready for the procedure, he inserts the UroLift Delivery Device into the urethra, using a cystoscope to see the device and internal structures.

Once the device is in the area surrounded by the prostate, it deploys the permanent implants. Each implant resembles an H-shape, with a strong suture in the middle and a tab on each end. The tabs go on both sides of the prostate gland, compressing it enough to decompress the urethra.

When do symptoms improve after the UroLift procedure?

Most patients go home the same day without needing a catheter. However, you may have some pain when urinating, blood in your urine, an increased urge to urinate, or experience pelvic discomfort. These symptoms go away within 2-4 weeks.

Though some patients notice the difference immediately, most men get symptom relief as early as two weeks.

To learn if UroLift can eliminate your BPH symptoms, call the Urology Center of Orange County today.