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Monday 27 September 2021
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Laurence Clarke
Consultant Urological Surgeon Laurence Clarke

Innovative procedure speeding up operation times for patients

Salford Royal has become the first NHS Trust in Greater Manchester to use an innovative procedure that is speeding up operation times for patients.


The new UroLift technique is for patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older.


As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing urinary problems. More than one in three men over the age of 50 suffer with an enlarged prostate.


Previously, patients would require general anaesthetic for surgery to remove or laser part of the prostate – a procedure that would typically take 60 minutes and usually require an overnight stay


However, thanks to the Urolift technique, patients can now be treated as a day case with a minimally-invasive procedure that takes just 15-20 minutes – meaning they don’t require a hospital stay or a catheter, suffer fewer complications and will recover much quicker.


Laurence Clarke, Consultant Urological Surgeon at Salford Royal, performed the first procedure and said the technique is a significant development.


He added: “Reducing the time a patient spends in the operating theatre by 40 minutes is fantastic and is not only a huge benefit to the individual concerned but it also means we can see and treat more patients with this debilitating condition.


“UroLift is a low risk, highly effective treatment that will hopefully take away some of the worry and embarrassment for those patients who have previously put off getting their symptoms treated.”


The single use implants are inserted under sedation and are permanent, although patients will still require regular monitoring. The implants relieve prostate obstruction and open the urethra directly without cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue.