New procedure helps patients with enlarged prostate

A new procedure is helping patients with enlarged prostate

MONROE, N.C. -- A new treatment for men with enlarged prostates is now available in the Charlotte area.

Steve Hastings went to see his urologist Dr. Daniel Linn after going through many restless nights.

"By the time I turned 60, I was getting up probably six to eight times a night to go to the bathroom," Hastings said.

Dr. Linn said for most men by the age of 60, about 60 to 70 of men will have an enlarged prostate. That was where Hastings learned about a less-invasive procedure called UroLift.

"I was his first patient that he did this on," Hastings said.

Dr. Linn said the procedure involves "little stitches."

"Little stitches that hold the prostate back in the series to open up a channel so it's not heating tissue, it's not removing tissue," Dr. Linn said. "And then I put in an average of four of those. It's different for every guy to open up the prostate and that allows the bladder to empty much easier."

Dr. Linn says the procedure is done in the office under local anesthesia and only takes about an hour.

"This is an option for guys that don't want to be on medicine but don't wanna take that full leap to a major surgical procedure," Dr. Linn said.

"I went from six to eight times a night to one time or less a night in a matter of weeks," Hastings said.

Four little stitches, adding up for a better night's sleep.

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