1. What is the UroLift® System?
The UroLift® System is a proven minimally invasive device designed to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is comprised of a UroLift Delivery Device and a UroLift Implantable Prostatic Retractor. Each retractor consists of a nitinol capsular tab, PET suture and a stainless steel urethral end piece.
2. How does the UroLift System work?
The UroLift System relieves prostate obstruction and opens the urethra directly by retracting the obstructing prostatic lobes without cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue. The Delivery Device transurethrally pushes aside the obstructive prostate lobes like opening window curtains. Small permanent retractors are deployed, holding the lobes in the retracted position, and thus opening the urethra while leaving the prostate intact.
3. Who are the right patients for the UroLift System?
BPH patients who are looking for an alternative to drugs or major surgery are candidates for the UroLift System. These may be patients who are considering or scheduled for a TURP/Laser treatment, or are unhappy with or have stopped taking medications. The UroLift System is appropriate for patients seeking a minimally invasive treatment and are concerned about preserving their sexual function and their quality of life, postoperatively.
4. Is the UroLift System have TGA approval?
Yes, the UroLift System received TGA approval in August 2012. Additionally, the UroLift System is CE marked in Europe and FDA cleared in the USA. In Australia, the UroLift System is indicated for the treatment of symptoms due to urinary outflow obstruction secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men over the age of 50.
5. Where is the UroLift System currently being used?
The UroLift System is available in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico and South Korea.
6. What prostate size does this work on?
In Australia, the UroLift System is indicated to treat prostates up to 100cc.
7. Is the treatment permanent?
The UroLift Implantable Prostatic Retractor is a permanent retractor, and the treatment is intended to be permanent. FDA de novo approval was based on review of studies at 2 years and 1 year. Clinical studies have shown durability to 4 years and data will continue to be published as studies continue to 5 years.1-3 The UroLift System does not preclude UroLift System retreatment or other BPH treatments, should that be desired at some time in the future.
8. Does the Implantable Prostatic Retractor cause encrustation?
The UroLift Implantable Prostatic Retractor is made of three materials: a nitinol capsular tab, a stainless steel urethral endpiece, and PET suture. Properly placed retractors will invaginate within the prostatic tissue. In the LIFT clinical study, patients were followed up with cystoscopy at 1 year. No evidence of encrustation was found on Implantable Prostatic Retractors delivered within the prostate.4
9. How can the prostate really be compressible?
The prostatic capsule is firm fibromuscular tissue, but the gland tissue is comprised of a series of ducts, like a sponge, which makes it compressible. The gland tissue is compressed using the UroLift delivery device, and the delivered Retractor then holds the urethra open by tethering the compressed geometry to the firm prostate capsule.
10. Can I remove an Implantable Prostatic Retractor if I need or want to?
Using traditional cystoscopic techniques, you can simply remove a urethral end piece with cystoscopic grasping forceps and replace the retractor as needed.
11. How do I know it works? What clinical data is available on the UroLift System?
The safety and efficacy of the UroLift System has been shown in numerous studies, including a randomized double-blinded study conducted primarily in the USA4, a European retrospective registry,5 and open label studies conducted in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France and Australia.3,6-9 Improvement in urinary symptoms, as seen through reduction in IPSS (International Prostate Symptom Score), has been consistent across the various studies, showing rapid relief within two weeks and sustained effect to two years. Over 950 patient-years of data have been presented in peer-reviewed publications to date.10 See Clinical Results for more information.
12. What are the benefits of the UroLift System over traditional TURP or laser procedures?
The UroLift System treatment has consistently demonstrated an excellent safety profile. Perioperatively, UroLift typically requires lighter anesthesia (either local anesthesia and oral sedation or intravenous conscious sedation) than TURP or laser (typically general anesthesia). Bleeding is much less than TURP, with a 0% transfusion rate to date for UroLift vs. 5%-7% for TURP. Postoperative catheterization has been shown to be 20%-32% (compared to standard protocol for TURP) with a mean duration of 0.9 days (compared to 1-5 days for TURP). 3,4,11-16
An additional unique benefit of the UroLift System is the preservation of sexual function. In all studies to date, there has been 0% incidence of de novo, sustained erectile dysfunction or ejaculatory dysfunction.4
13. What long-term data is there on UroLift?
Roehrborn (2016) reported the 4-year results of the largest randomized study, and Chin et al (2012) reported 3-year results of a multi-center study. Other publications report results at 1 or 2 years. Ongoing protocols are following patients to 5 years.
14. What are the side effects?
In our clinical studies to date, the most common adverse events reported included hematuria, dysuria, micturition urgency, pelvic pain, and urge incontinence. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.
15. How do I learn more about UroLift?
If you are interested in talking to us about bringing UroLift into your practice, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Roehrborn Urology Clinics 2016
2. Roehrborn et al. Can J Urology 2015 3-Year LIFT Study
3. Chin et al. Urology 2012
4. Roehrborn et al. Journal of Urology 2013 LIFT Study
5. McNicholas et al. European Urology 2013
6. Barkin et al, Canadian J of Urology 2013
7. Woo et al. J Sex Med 2012
8. Woo et al. BJU International 2011
9. Delongchamps et al. Progres en urologie 2012
10. Data on file at NeoTract
11. Oelke et al. Guidelines, EAU 2011
12. McVary KT et al. AUA Guidelines for Management of BPH 2010
13. Roehrborn CG et al. AUA Guidelines for Management of BPH 2003
14. Stucki et al. Abstract, AUA 2013 Meeting, San Diego
15. Elshal et al. Abstract, AUA 2013 Meeting, San Diego
16. Shore et al. Can J Urology 2014