New Treatment Option for Men with Enlarged Prostate
Mission Hospital offers a new minimally-invasive treatment to correct one
of the most common issues men face with aging: low or blocked urine flow
due to an enlarged prostate.
More than half of all men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent of men
in their 70s and 80s have symptoms of an enlarged prostate—known
as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—which often includes frequent
urination with hesitant or interrupted stream as well as urinary urgency
The simple, outpatient procedure pulls back the prostate tissue that is
pressing on the urethra with tiny permanent stents (much like curtain
tie-backs). The result is a highly-effective, minimally-invasive solution
that avoids the side effects of other treatment options and preserves
sexual function. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.
Who is a candidate for UroLift?
Most men suffering from the urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged
prostate are candidates for UroLift, including those currently on BPH
medications who don’t want to take daily medications or who haven’t
found medications effective in managing their symptoms.
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in late 2013, UroLift
offers a first-line treatment alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery.
How does UroLift Work?
Performed through the urethra, urologists use the UroLift System to push
aside the enlarged prostate tissue and position small stents to hold the
prostate lobes in the retracted position. This opens the urethra while
leaving the prostate intact, preserving continence and sexual function
and avoiding the side effects seen with medications and surgery.
No hospitalization is required for the 15-minute procedure; patients go
home the same day and return to their normal routines with little downtime-often
within 1-2 days.
Rather than having to wait several months for improvement as with other
types of therapies, patients typically see an immediate difference in
their symptoms. Side effects from the UroLift procedure are usually limited
to some frequency and urgency, which normally subside within several days.
What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a medical condition in which the prostate
gland that surrounds the male urethra becomes enlarged with age and begins
to obstruct the urinary system. This common condition affects millions
of men in the U.S. with symptoms that include:
- a frequent or urgent need to urinate, often at night
- a urinary stream that is weak, slow or stops and starts
- difficulty completely empting the bladder
- leaking of urine
BPH can significantly impact men’s quality of life, causing sleepless
nights, limiting activities and productivity, and creating isolation or
Meet the expert urologist who offers UroLift
Dr. James P. Meaglia
25200 La Paz Road, Suite 200
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: (949) 855-1101
Dr. Meaglia belives communication is the key to success in patient treatment
and likes being a partner in the decision-making process with his patients.
Interacting with patients on a personal basis and getting to know them well.
Dr. Meaglia chose a career in medicine because he wanted to combine his
zeal for science with helping people, and to make a positive effect on
individuals' lives. In his practice, he enjoys getting to know his patients
on a friendly basis, including their interests and needs.
Dr. Meaglia enjoys golf and basketball. He has strong ties to the San Clemente
community where his parents have also resided for the last 25 years.