Daniel P. Smith 2016-10-25 04:21:11
Pioneering Treatment for Common Prostate Condition Jeffrey Sacks endured his first bout of benign prostatic hyperplasia—often referred to as BPH—seven years ago. The condition, common among men in their 50s and 60s, is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that can squeeze or partially block the urethra, creating difficulty with urination. In 2009, Sacks underwent the standard treatment available at that time: a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), which surgically removes the section of the prostate blocking urine flow. While the procedure initially worked, Sacks’ symptom improvement proved to be only temporary. Fast forward to 2016 when Sacks experienced the return of some of his BPH symptoms. He again encountered frequent, strong urges to urinate and struggled to empty his bladder. The 61-year-old Wilmette resident connected with NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Urologist Michael Blum, MD, to seek a different solution, and he quickly found one. TREATMENT BREAKTHROUGH Dr. Blum introduced Sacks to an innovative option: a new, minimally invasive procedure called UroLift., in which the enlarged prostate tissue is lifted to reduce urethra blockage and improve urine flow out of the bladder. “The unique technology works by directly opening the urethra with tiny implants that hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way, like tiebacks on a window curtain,” explained Dr. Blum. NorthShore was the first health system in Illinois to offer the procedure to patients. Dr. Blum and his urology colleague, Kristian Novakovic, MD, have leading experience with UroLift. Both physicians hold academic appointments at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Unlike TURP or other traditional interventions, UroLift is performed while the patient is under sedation rather than general anesthesia. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue. Few patients require a postsurgical catheter, and recovery typically takes only three to five days with no infections or risk of sexual dysfunction. IMPRESSIVE RESULTS “It’s simple, quick, virtually free of complications and effective,” Dr. Blum told his patient. Sacks was a perfect candidate—his prostate gland met the UroLift procedure’s size and shape requirements. Last March, Dr. Blum performed the straightforward procedure and Sacks called the results “life-changing.” His frequent urges to urinate have evaporated, improving Sacks’ sleep and overall quality of life. “Dr. Blum was candid about what I should expect, and he was spot-on,” Sacks added. “Today, my symptoms are gone and life is as it should be.” QUESTIONS MEET ANSWERS Urologist Michael Blum, MD, offers guidance about innovative options for easing BPH and improving overall urological health. Read his online Q&A on Healthy You, NorthShore’s online source for timely health and wellness news, at northshore.org/L2. MULTISPECIALTY TEAM NorthShore’s John and Carol Walter Center for Urological Health offers a team of board-certified urologists, clinical staff, nurses and support services staff who incorporate urological health treatment with psychology, integrative medicine, genetics, nutrition and survivorship. Read about these capabilities online at northshore.org/L1, or to schedule an appointment, please call (847) 492-5700 (Ext. 1256).
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