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December 2014

Arkansas Urology only clinic in state offering UroLift tech

By: Arkansas Urology

FDA clears new procedure to relieve life-interrupting enlarged prostate symptoms

Arkansas Urology only clinic in state offering UroLift technology

More than 500 million men in the world have a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) that causes the prostate to enlarge. Nearly half of the men in the U.S. with BPH have symptoms so severe that it disrupts their lives and requires treatment.

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently cleared a new minimally invasive procedure called UroLift® to help those suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms of BPH. UroLift has minimal downtime, typically doesn’t require a catheter or overnight stay, and preserves sexual function.

Arkansas Urology is the only urology clinic in the state currently offering UroLift to its patients, and its physicians are performing the procedure at St. Vincent and Baptist Health.

“Most patients will find that they have rapid relief from their BPH symptoms following UroLift,” said Dr. Edwin Diaz of Arkansas Urology. “In fact, most patients can see a difference in as little as two weeks post-procedure.”

UroLift is an implant that lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra, according to the manufacturer’s website. “There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue,” the website states. “As a first line treatment for BPH, the UroLift system offers a new option for patients looking for an alternative to drugs or major surgery.”

BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) enlargement of the prostate that occurs as men age; reasons for BPH are not fully understood by the urological community. The enlarged prostate presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as a weak or slow urine stream, sense that the bladder cannot completely empty, difficulty or delay in starting urination, urgent feeling of needing to urinate, and a urine stream that stops and starts.

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Arkansas Urology offers the latest innovations in medical technology and surgical techniques to Arkansans with a variety of urological conditions. Arkansas Urology provides services at seven facilities located in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, Clinton, El Dorado, Heber Springs and Russellville, as well as at the Advanced Prostate Cancer Center in Little Rock. Arkansas Urology consists of 15 physicians, three physician extenders, and 150 clinical and business staff employees. For more information, call 501-219-8900 or visit our