Designation Recognizes Dr. Andros’s Commitment to Exemplary Care, Deep UroLift Experience
Advanced Urology today announced that the practice of Gregory J. Andros, M.D., has been designated as a UroLift® Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes that Dr. Andros has demonstrated a commitment to exemplary care for men suffering from urinary tract symptoms and has achieved a high level of training and experience with the UroLift System. Dr. Andros is among the first ten physicians in the nation and the first in the Great Lakes Region to receive a UroLift Center of Excellence designation.
“The introduction of the UroLift System as a treatment option for men with enlarged prostate has fundamentally changed how I treat this condition. My patients are thrilled to have a treatment option that doesn’t involve cutting, heating, or removal of prostate tissue and allows them to discontinue taking medications,” said Dr. Andros. “In addition, the UroLift System doesn’t interfere with sexual function. I am proud to be a national leader in treating patients with this breakthrough treatment.”
The UroLift System is a proven treatment that can get men off BPH medications and allow them to avoid major surgery, while preserving sexual function. Long-term clinical data from the LIFT randomized study published in Urologic Clinics of North America showed that, after four years, patients treated with the UroLift device continue to experience symptom relief with minimal side effects, with few patients requiring an additional procedure for relief.[i] A second randomized clinical trial called BPH6 demonstrated that the minimally invasive UroLift device 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.[ii]
More than 37 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 sleepless nights and urinary problems, and can cause loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life.
Medication is often the first-line therapy for 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.
[i] Roehrborn Urology Clinics 2016
[ii] Sonksen et al J Urology 2016