Sexual Health Q&A

What is a prostatic urethral lift procedure?

A prostatic urethral lift is a minimally-invasive procedure that can help relieve urination problems caused by an enlarged prostate (also called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH).

BPH is typically treated with medication, minimally-invasive procedures, or surgery.

Prostatic urethral lift involves sutures that hold prostate tissue away from the urethra, relieving the pressure. This allows urine to flow more freely.

Patients undergoing the procedure are given local or general anesthesia. The procedure is performed transurethrally, which means a device is guided into the urethra.  This device moves prostate tissue away from the urethra and uses a needle to place the sutures. Typically, four to five sutures are used to hold back tissue on both sides of the urethra.

Patients may notice improvement in two weeks. There may be urinary discomfort during recovery and some men have blood in the urine for a short time.

Research has shown that erectile and ejaculatory function are generally not affected by the procedure.

Men who have questions about this procedure are encouraged to speak to their doctor.