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NICE has assessed the UroLift system to help the NHS decide whether to use this product.

The UroLift system is used to do a procedure called a prostatic urethral lift. In people with benign prostatic hyperplasia, the prostate becomes enlarged. The UroLift system uses adjustable, permanent implants to hold the enlarged prostate away from the urethra so that it isn’t blocked. In this way, the device can relieve lower urinary tract symptoms (such as pain or difficulty when urinating).

Healthcare teams may want to use the UroLift system as an alternative to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP), in men aged 50 years and older and who have a prostate of less than 100 ml without an obstructing middle lobe. The system is only cost saving when 4 of fewer implants are used per patient.

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This page was last updated: 16 September 2015