As men age, they often experience issues with their urological health. One such issue is trouble with urination caused by a condition called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). During the life of a male, the prostate goes through two main growth phases. The first is during puberty when the prostate nearly doubles in size and the second happens in young adults 20 to 30 years of age when the prostate again begins to grow.
Sometimes this second episode of growth causes an enlarged prostate; this condition is typically detected in middle-aged men. The enlarged prostate can cause impingement on the urethra. If the urethra is pinched, it is unable to release urine properly. With this disorder, urine retention will build up in the bladder or the bladder will either improperly or incompletely empty on a recurring basis. This syndrome is known as BPH.
BPH is not cancer, nor does it turn into cancer, however it can cause urinary tract infections and painful discomfort. Nearly 50% of all men age 50 and over have BPH. Along with urinary tract infections and pain, BPH can eventually lead to kidney disorders.
• Frequent urination
• Inability to empty the bladder
•Increased urination at night (awakening from sleep to urinate)
• Trickling at the end of urination
• Trouble urinating
• Urination that stops and starts
• Weak urine stream
The UroLift® System
There is an advanced technique for treating BPH called the UroLift® System, which lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way, so it no longer impinges or blocks the urethra. This innovative method does not require any cutting, heating or removal of the prostate.
The UroLift® System safely relieves urinary tract symptoms due to BPH without compromising sexual function.(1) The goal of the UroLift® System is to reduce urinary symptoms and discomfort associated with the disorder, and to alleviate the possibility of kidney dysfunction.
• Minimally invasive
• Minimal downtime
• Preservation of prostate tissue
• Typically, no catheter or overnight stay required
• Protection of sexual function
• Rapid symptom relief, as early as two weeks post
How Does The UroLift® System Work?
Your urologist will place small implantable cords that hold the prostate lobes apart. This relieves the compression on the urethra, allowing the urine to flow normally again. The UroLift® System treatment can be done in the physician’s office under local anesthesia. Typically, patients return home the same day without a catheter. (1)
James M. Krick, DO, FACOS,
Board-Certified in Urology and Urologic Surgery
James M. Krick, DO, is a board-certified urologist with 25 years of experience treating patients in all aspects of general urology. This includes kidney stones, urinary incontinence and voiding dysfunction, prostate disorders (both benign and cancerous), genito-urinary cancers as well as medical and surgical treatment of erectile dysfunction. Dr. Krick earned his medical degree at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his urology residency training through Michigan State University-COM Consortium at Botsford-Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Krick evaluates and treats patients for the full medical and surgical spectrum of urologic conditions including:
• Kidney stone disease – all surgical aspects
• Incontinence and voiding dysfunction
• Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
• All urologic-related cancers
• Erectile dysfunction including penile prosthesis surgery
He is also pleased to introduce several new technologies for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, including UroLift®, and other various laser technologies in addition to GreenLight™ Laser Therapy and transurethral resection of the prostate. Additionally, Dr. Krick is skilled in a variety of surgical treatments for incontinence and voiding dysfunction including peri-urethral bulking agent injection, intravesical Botox injection and minimally-invasive mid-urethral sling surgery.
To find out more about the UroLift® procedure, other treatment options, or to schedule your appointment, please call 352.751.8649.
The Villages Regional Hospital
Located in Building 1800
1501 US Highway 441 N., Suite 1832
The Villages, FL 32159
1. Roehrborn, Can J Urol 2015, 3-Year L.I.F.T. Study2.
Roehrborn, Urology Practice 2015, 2-Year L.I.F.T. Study3.
Roehrborn, J Urol 2013, L.I.F.T. Study