What are the Potential Side Effects of UroLift?

UroLift is a relatively new procedure used to treat an enlarged prostate. This medical system was created to improve upon traditional surgical methods offered throughout Tucson AZ such as a Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP).

With UroLift, there are smaller incisions made and fewer complications associated with the procedure in comparison to more conservative treatment options. However, there are still a few possible side effects associated with UroLift that patients should be aware of prior to undergoing the procedure.

Heightened Sensitivity

As to be expected, patients are likely to experience some general discomfort around the surgical site. Most men will encounter this particular symptom when they urinate, which is uniquely known as a condition called dysuria. Men with dysuria are likely to feel general pain or a burning sensation when they urinate.

This pain should subside gradually in the first week or two following the UroLift procedure, but it is advised to address your pain level with Dr. Burrows if it is too intense for you to handle in your daily life.

Swelling

Often a cause of discomfort after the UroLift procedure, swelling of the urethra is very common. You can mitigate this inflammation by applying ice to the area several times a day and keeping the pelvis elevated by lying down when possible.

Infection

Any surgical procedure brings with it the risk for infection. In regards to UroLift, this risk is incredibly low. The traditional TURP procedure is associated with urinary tract infection rates of 2.3-5% in all patients according to a 2016 study on the subject.

Seek medical attention immediately if you begin to notice any signs of infection such as:

  • Drainage that is green in color
  • A fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or more
  • Significant redness around the surgical site
  • Continually worsening pain
  • A hot sensation of the area

For More Information

If you have any additional concerns about your UroLift procedure, or would like to discuss your risk of encountering one of these possible side effects with Dr. Burrows, please call (520) 731-0600 today to set up an appointment.

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