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For This Retiree, UroLift (For Enlarged Prostate) Proves Liberating

November 15, 2017

You might find it hard to believe that Brian Macfarlane has already been retired for 10 years. It’s easy to imagine the youthful 71-year-old still driving the beer distribution truck that he drove for more than 30 years.

He’s enjoying retirement and staying active by walking three to four miles a day and making trips to his second home in Melbourne, Fla. There’s no way he was going to let Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate, slow him down. The constant urges, stops and starts, and the feeling of a full bladder were making his retirement less enjoyable.

“I’ve been up and down with this for a few years. It had gotten difficult,” Macfarlane said.

After consulting with Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute physician Arthur Tarantino, Macfarlane decided it was time to explore surgical options to address his BPH. After an assessment, Dr. Tarantino told MacFarlane he was a candidate for the UroLift procedure, a minimally invasive, same-day operation that lifts the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.

“UroLift is great choice for men who qualify and are looking for an effective, less invasive option [for BHP]. There is now five-year data showing durability of results,” said Dr. Tarantino. “Patients can get back to work and other physical activity more quickly than with some of the more invasive procedures. Most guys are happy with the results.”

After feeling some discomfort for several days after the procedure, McFarlane said his symptoms from BHP began to subside. And he was happy to have avoided a more invasive procedure.

“[My BPH] is absolutely better. I would definitely recommend the procedure,” McFarlane said.

For  more information on UroLift, click here.