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St. Jude Medical Center Among The First To Perform UroLift Procedure

FULLERTON, Calif., April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Urologists at St. Jude Medical Center are among the first in the region to offer UroLift, a new minimally-invasive treatment to correct one of the most common issues men face with aging: low or blocked urine flow due to an enlarged prostate.

More than half of all men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent of men in their 70s and 80s have symptoms of an enlarged prostate—also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—which often includes frequent urination with hesitant or interrupted stream as well as urinary urgency or leaking.

By pulling back the prostate tissue that is pressing on the urethra with tiny permanent stents (much like curtain tie-backs), UroLift offers an effective, minimally-invasive solution that avoids the side effects of other treatment options and preserves sexual function.

"This simple, outpatient procedure allows men to recover very quickly while offering rapid, meaningful relief from their symptoms," explains Alan Weinberg, MD, FACS, a board-certified and nationally respected specialist in urinary and prostate issues. "For men who want to avoid a lifetime of medications or surgery, this procedure is an important breakthrough."

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in late 2013, UroLift offers a first-line treatment alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery. No hospitalization is required; patients go home the same day and return to their normal routines with little downtime—most within 1-2 days.

"Men often blame their urinary symptoms on aging and never discuss them with their doctor, while others consider treatment but reject it out of...