Dr Stricker introduced the UroLift procedure for benign enlargement of the prostate at St Vincent’s Hospital. The first procedures were performed in April 2015. All patients were treated as day patients.
The UroLift involves placing, at the time of cystoscopy, some needle placements to stretch the prostate away from the urethra. This imporves the flow of urine and urinary symptoms such as urgency and frequency. The procedure is minimally invasive and repeatable. It has the benefit of improving urinary symptoms without medications and also without affecting erections or ejaculation. Recently, two-year results from around the world were published and the results, although still early, were outstanding and durable. UroLift is ideally suited to patients with prostates which are not excessively large (> 100 g), without middle lobe enlargement and in patients without an excess of irritative symptoms as compared to obstructive symptoms.