As men age, normal urination can become increasingly difficult. Many symptoms can improve with medication, but sometimes pills aren’t enough. As a fellowship-trained urologist and sexual medicine specialist, Dr. Gonzalez specializes in treating urinary problems at his state-of-the-art facility in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. He provides rapid relief with UroLift®, a minimally invasive solution to blocked urinary channels. Call or schedule an appointment online today at Joshua R. Gonzalez, MD, to learn more.

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UroLift is a minimally invasive treatment that addresses obstructed urine flow. The system uses small implants to widen the blocked passageway, allowing urine production to run smoothly. An alternative to surgical intervention and medication, UroLift typically takes under one hour to complete. Most patients return home immediately after the procedure.

How does UroLift work?

Dr. Gonzalez inserts the UroLift device into the urethra through a catheter. Once inserted, the device places small implants to carefully shift the prostate tissue out of the way, allowing urine to flow without obstruction. Unlike medication, UroLift doesn’t just treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It widens the urethra and removes the initial blockage.

What conditions can UroLift address?

UroLift treats obstructed urine flow from BPH, commonly called an enlarged prostate. The prostate is a small gland between the bladder and the penis. It primarily produces fluid that mixes with sperm to create semen. The prostate’s muscles also help push semen into the urethra.

When the prostate grows too large, it can press on the urinary tract and block urine flow. BPH is an uncomfortable condition that can cause painful urination and compromise your sexual function.

UroLift relieves pressure from the prostate to promote healthy urine flow while restoring your sexual function and quality of life.

Who should consider UroLift?

Dr. Gonzalez may recommend UroLift if BPH interferes with your ability to urinate. Dribbling urine, frequent urination, and a weak urine stream are telltale signs of BPH. Without treatment, advanced BPH can cause permanent bladder damage from long-term compression. Pressure on your bladder also increases your risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and incontinence.

What can I expect from UroLift?

UroLift is a prostatic urethral lift (PUL) procedure that delivers BPH relief without cutting or heating the prostate. Dr. Gonzalez performs the treatment with sedation and local anesthesia. Once you’re comfortable, he inserts the UroLift delivery device through your urethra. The device contains implants that help widen the urethra for more comfortable urination.

Finally, Dr. Gonzalez removes the delivery device so that only the implants remain. The treatment is permanent, and you can enjoy lasting relief from BPH discomfort.

Call Joshua R. Gonzalez, MD, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about UroLift.