New option for Alaskan men with prostate problems

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska Men in the Fairbanks area with enlarged prostates, are getting help from a medical technique called the UroLift System.

UroLift, cleared by FDA in 2013, is a technique that is an alternative to invasive surgery and medications. Instead it involves inserting implants that open up the prostate. This procedure can also be performed in an office with local anesthesia, and typically takes only an hour or less.

About one-third of men experience moderate to severe symptoms by age 60, and about half do so by age 80 according to the Mayo Clinic. Many of whom are waking up at night and who have urgency to use the bathroom often.

Having an enlarged prostate can also be deadly, with risk of severe bladder damage and kidney damage.

A medical alternative has made its way into Fairbanks. Urolift, cleared by FDA in 2013, is a technique that is an alternative to invasive surgery and medications. Instead it involves inserting implants that open up the prostate. This procedure can also be performed in an office with local anesthesia, and typically takes only an hour or less.

Doctor Tony Nimeh, a urologist in Fairbanks, is among some of the few physicians around the country specially trained to use this method for patients.

“The UroLift: The system involves, placing, strategically placing small little clips that can push back that Prostate tissue away. The clips go on the outside of the prostate and on the inside of the urethra, and by compressing the urethra on either side. It just like opening the curtains. It opens the channel again and resolves the symptoms.” Says Nimeh.

Patients such as Van Mitchell have benefited from this new procedure in getting rid of life changing effects of enlarged prostate. Including straining to urinate, leaking, incontinence, and incomplete trips to the bathroom.

This may be an option for men who experience such symptoms.