Tired of having to get up at night to go to the toilet? Prostate enlargement is extremely common in men over the age of 50 and over the age of 60 affects the majority of men. Urolift is a new minimally invasive, low risk outpatient procedure offered by Benenden Hospital. Our Urologist Steve Garnett explains Urolift®, a new procedure offering a quick return to normal activity.

Common questions

What is Urolift®?

Urolift® is a low risk outpatient procedure that provides rapid and long lasting relief from inconvenient and stressful urinary symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Urolift® is a proven, minimally invasive treatment that fills the gap between prescription medications and more invasive surgical procedures. Small permanent implants are placed into the prostate pulling the prostate open. By doing this the flow improves and the bladder emptying improves resulting in fewer urinary symptoms.

This is a NICE approved procedure.

Why would I have Urolift®?

You might be suffering from prostate enlargement - an extremely common condition in men over the age of 50 - which causes troublesome urinary symptoms.

Before men undergo a Urolift® procedure they would have a full assessment at Benenden Hospital to check on their prostate size and urinary flow rate and assess whether they are suitable.

What happens during Urolift®?

This is an outpatient treatment that that requires no overnight stay. Because Urolift® is the first treatment for prostate enlargement that doesn’t involve destroying the prostate itself there are far fewer side effects so you can get back on track quickly.  A GP referral will be required for this service and a consultation with our Urologist.

An enlarged prostate can narrow or even block the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms. The Urolift delivery device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.

Tiny Urolift implants are permanently placed to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way and increase the opening of the urethra. 

What should I expect after Urolift®?

Urolift requires no removal of tissue and no cutting is involved. As such there is no scarring, risk of sexual side effects or incontinence. No catheter is required after the procedure and there is a quick return to normal activity with freedom from medications. 


Mr Steve Garnett, Consultant Urological Surgeon, on UroLift, a BPH enlarged prostate treatment

Mr Steve Garnett, Consultant Urological Surgeon at Benenden Trust Hospital, discusses UroLift, the least invasive surgical treatment for the BPH enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia).

Mr Steve Garnett

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It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.