Skip to main content



What is a UroLift?

The UroLift system is a non-invasive way of addressing an enlarged prostate, or BPH. It helps reduce the prostate swelling that inhibits the flow of urine from the urethra.

What can I expect during a UroLift?

During the procedure, which takes less than an hour, the patient is given mild sedation (nitrous oxide). The urologist inserts tiny implants through the urethra that move the enlarged prostate out of the way. They are left in place to lift or hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way. Because the urethra is no longer blocked by swollen tissues, urine can be released without obstruction.

What is recovery like after a UroLift?

You can return to work within two to three days after the procedure. During recovery, men may experience temporary symptoms such as blood in the urine or a burning sensation during urination. These symptoms may last for a few days or longer, in some cases.

What are the benefits of a UroLift?

UroLift helps reduce obstructive prostate tissue and is considered safe and effective for many men. It helps relieve lower urinary tract symptoms related to BPH, and it does not compromise a man’s sexual function. Having UroLift does not preclude a man from trying other treatment options in the future.

What other treatment methods are available?

If you’re diagnosed with BPH, there are several other options your urologist may discuss with you.

Because men are affected by BPH in varying degrees and some approaches work better for different men than others, the treatment decision is not always straightforward. Your urologist can help you identify benefits and risks of each option, including UroLift and others, to identify the one likeliest to achieve a good outcome for you. Here are other available treatments for BPH:

  • Lifestyle changes: These can include reducing liquid intake, bladder training (a program of urinating on schedule), abstaining from alcohol and caffeinated beverages, and regularly exercising the pelvic muscles.
  • Medication: Many patients will take a combination of two types of medication: Alpha blockers are a type of medication often used to relax muscle fibers in the prostate and bladder. This allows increased urine flow and reduces the need for frequent urination. Alpha reductase inhibitors work to block the hormones that cause the prostate to swell.
  • Surgery: There are several different surgeries/procedures that our physicians perform to help men with BPH. These include Greenlight Laser Vaporization of the Prostate, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP), and REZUM water vapor, in addition to the UroLift. 

Contact The Iowa Clinic Urology department at 515.875.9800 to make an appointment to discuss all your treatment options for BPH.