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Archive March 2020 XXI, No. 3

A Better Way to Treat BPH

Men with enlarged prostates are seeking out surgeons who offer a minimally invasive solution to their symptoms.

Douglas Grier

Douglas Grier, MD


Douglas Grier, MD
POSITIVE OUTCOMES Douglas Grier, MD, says the prostatic urethral lift results in less pain, fewer side effects and shorter recoveries than traditional surgical treatments.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a chronic age-related condition associated with symptoms of having to urinate frequently, urgently and many times throughout the night. The condition affects half of men between 50 and 60 years of age and more than 90% of men aged 80 years and older. More than 13 million men in the United States have symptomatic BPH, and there are many thousands of transurethral resections of the prostate (TURP) performed each year.

Now men have a better treatment option. The prostatic urethral lift is a minimally invasive cystoscopic procedure that can be performed in about 10 minutes in surgery centers or office spaces with the patient under oral or conscious sedation. Instead of removing tissue, surgeons apply a mechanical fix to a mechanical problem: Pulling collapsed walls of the prostate apart with small implants. By offering the procedure, you'll increase case volume because the indication threshold is lower than for the traditional TURP surgery and patient demand has increased. Surgery centers are ideal for the procedure with throughput times of 45 minutes to one hour from admission to discharge.

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