Nearly 40 million men in the United States are affected by BPH.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) October 11, 2017
Northwoods Urology of Texas today announced that Dr. Kenworthy has been designated as a UroLift® Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes that Dr. Kenworthy has achieved a high level of training and experience with the UroLift System and demonstrated a commitment to exemplary care for men suffering from symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH. Dr. Kenworthy is the first physician in Houston to be designated a UroLift Center of Excellence.
“The UroLift System has filled an unmet need for the 50% of men over 50 suffering from enlarged prostate,” says Dr. Kenworthy. “Patients are looking for long-term durable solutions that allow them to discontinue the use of ongoing medications. The UroLift System is the only treatment option available that is truly minimally invasive, allows men to stop taking medication, and provides rapid results. Northwoods Urology of Texas is thrilled to be a leading practice in the Houston area, offering the best treatment options available for our patients.”
Nearly 40 million men in the United States are affected by BPH. Not to be confused with prostate cancer, BPH occurs when the prostate gland that surrounds the male urethra becomes enlarged with advancing age and begins to obstruct the urinary system. Symptoms of BPH often include interrupted sleep and urinary problems, and can cause loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life. If left untreated, BPH obstruction may lead to further bladder problems.
Five-year data from a randomized study shows the UroLift System offers not only rapid improvement, but also durable relief for patients with BPH. After five years, patients treated with the UroLift System continue to experience symptom relief with minimal side effects, with few patients requiring an additional procedure for relief. A second randomized clinical trial called BPH6 demonstrated that the minimally invasive UroLift System compares very well to the reference standard surgery, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), with regard to efficacy, and is superior to TURP at preserving sexual function and offering a more rapid recovery.
Medication is often the first-line therapy for symptoms from an enlarged prostate, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Side effects of medication treatment can include sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches, prompting many patients to quit using the drugs. For these patients, the classic alternative is surgery that cuts, heats or removes prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra. While current surgical options can be very effective in relieving symptoms, they can also leave patients with permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation.
About the UroLift System
NeoTract’s FDA-cleared UroLift System is a proven, minimally invasive technology for treating lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The UroLift permanent implants, delivered during a minimally invasive transurethral outpatient procedure, relieve prostate obstruction and open the urethra directly without cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue. Clinical data from a pivotal 206-patient randomized controlled study showed that patients with enlarged prostate receiving UroLift implants reported rapid and durable symptomatic and urinary flow rate improvement without compromising sexual function. Patients also experienced a significant improvement in quality of life. Most common adverse events reported include hematuria, dysuria, micturition urgency, pelvic pain, and urge incontinence. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure. The UroLift System is available in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. Learn more at http://www.UroLift.com.
About Northwoods Urology of Texas
The Northwoods Urology philosophy is centered on three words: progressive, innovative and compassionate. Northwoods Urology is a team of Urologists with convenient locations so we can better serve your community. Learn more at http://www.northwoodsurology.com.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kenworthy, please call 281-404-3000.
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1. Roehrborn et al. EAU Abstract_ Eur Urol Suppl 2017; 16(3):e192.
2. Sonksen et al J Urology 2016