South Lake Hospital is one of Florida’s first hospitals to utilize a new therapy called the UroLift System to improve bladder function. During the procedure, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013, a surgeon places an implant to hold the obstructive prostate tissue in a retracted position, opening the urethra. This is an alternative to a more invasive surgical option called transurethral resection procedure.
Half of men age 60 and older have enlarged prostate glands, according to the American Urological Association. It’s a benign but bothersome condition that blocks the flow of urine through the urethra. Traditional treatment methods such as medication and surgery can relieve symptoms but also leave patients with incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
“We’ve had patients from all over Central Florida come to our hospital to have this procedure,” says Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, a urologist and co-director of the Personalized Urology & Robotics (PUR) Clinic in Clermont.