NICE approves Urolift
The NHS has a new treatment option for men with enlarged prostates.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued guidance to health care professionals on the UroLift system, which is a less-invasive alternative to the usual surgeries for enlarged prostate.
UroLift uses a system of tiny implants to prevent the enlarged prostate pressing against the bladder and urethra, the tube through which men pee. The manufacturers say that the implants, which are made of standard material for surgical implants, hold the enlarged prostate tissue away like the tie-backs on curtains. It can improve the problems men with enlarged prostates have peeing with fewer of the side-effects associated with more invasive cutting laser-surgical techniques.
If the Urolift is performed using the typical number of implants – four per patient – then there could be a cost-saving to the NHS.