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Friday, July 13th was a very lucky day for Steven Labadie of Stroudsburg. On that day, he received a revolutionary treatment called Urolift that would allow him to fully empty his bladder and end years of discomfort, inconvenience and embarrassment.
Steven’s discomfort had been caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men age. For many men, BPH restricts or even blocks urine flow from the urethra. To restore the flow, Steven’s urologist Zachariah Goldsmith, MD, PhD, of St. Luke’s Center for Urology, installed small implants that lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way to restore urine flow.
“It provides patients like Steven with a long-term fix for their symptoms, with a quicker and more comfortable recovery than other interventions,” Dr. Goldsmith said.
As soon as Steven recovered from surgery he was able to urinate freely. Prior to the surgery, his urine flow was very weak, especially in the morning. As a result, he made several trips to the restroom and always felt the need to go.
Register Now for Fall Men’s Health Lectures
When the Going Gets Tough…Options to Restore Urine Flow - A Discussion with Urologist Zachariah Goldsmith, MD, PhD
Thursday, November 1, 6:30 pm
St. Luke’s Hospital – Anderson Campus, MOB Conference Room
1872 St. Luke’s Blvd., Easton, PA 18045
To register or for more information, visit sluhn.org/UroliftTalk or call InfoLink at 1-866 St. Luke’s, (785-8537) option #4.
“You have no idea how uncomfortable it was,” Labadie said. “It was horrendous.” Before Urolift, Steven took several medications to manage BPH, one of which lowered his blood pressure and caused frequent dizziness. Since the procedure, he no longer needs medication.
Dr. Goldsmith’s colleague Joseph Lennert, MD, the first urologist to perform the procedure in the region, explained that Urolift System is the only BPH treatment performed by a urologist that does not require heating, cutting or removal of the prostate tissue.
BPH affects more than 40 percent of men in their 50s and more than 70 percent of men in their 60s. Fortunately, it is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, but it can greatly diminish a man's quality of life.
Labadie is very pleased with the results. “Without question he would recommend this procedure to any man with this condition,” Labadie said.