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Ohio Valley Hospital Introduces New Procedure to Treat Enlarged Prostates
By Daniel Casciato

Dr. Robert W. DoeblerToday, four out of ten men over the age of 55 suffer from an enlarged prostate, where the gland pushes uncomfortably on the urinary tract. Although this is a benign condition—and not related to prostate cancer—this common affliction can still cause life-long health issues and affect your quality of life. As the prostate continues to enlarge, it presses down and blocks your urethra, causing troubling urinary symptoms such as:

  • Frequent need to urinate both day and night
  • Weak or slow urinary stream
  • A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
  • Difficulty or delay in starting urination
  • Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
  • A urinary stream that stops and starts

While drug therapy or invasive surgery is often used to treat this condition, there is now a new procedure at Ohio Valley Hospital that does not involve medication or going under the knife.

It's called the UroLift—an evolutionary, minimally invasive approach to treating an enlarged prostate that is only being performed in Western Pennsylvania at Ohio Valley Hospital by Dr. Robert W. Doebler. The UroLift lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks your urethra. It's an easy, safe and effective treatment that does not involve any cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue, notes Dr. Doebler.

"The treatment of prostate issues has been a revolutionary process for many years and as urologists we are always looking for a better way of accomplishing the goal of removing the obstructing prostate tissue and relieving the patient's symptoms," he says.

According to Dr. Doebler, this FDA-approved procedure is done in an outpatient setting under mild sedation. He inserts four to six tiny permanent implants into the prostate to lift the tissue off of the patient's urine channel which stops putting pressure on the area. This allows urine to flow normally again. The procedure takes about half hour.

Typically no catheter is needed and no overnight stay is required following treatment. You can be back home that same night and oftentimes, many people can even return to work the very next day.

"You might have some mild discomfort but most patients will hardly notice anything was done," he says. "Since no tissue was destroyed there is little down time and no healing time either. You can resume your daily activities right away."

Prior to using the UroLift, Dr. Doebler was familiar with this new technique after reading several peer-reviewed research articles and other forms of literature. One day, Dr. Doebler was in Miami, Fla. working with another urologist who happened to be performing some UroLift procedures. After sitting in on the procedures, Dr. Doebler was so impressed with it that upon his return he underwent training. The leadership team at Ohio Valley Hospital was understandably excited about the idea of such a new and innovative procedure, which is how Dr. Doebler began performing it exclusively at their outpatient facility.

To treat enlarged prostates in the past, some patients took medication to relieve symptoms or opted for laser surgery. However, not every patient responds well to drug therapy and surgery involves the removal of tissue.

"Medication is not always the answer because they have side effects and are costly," says Dr. Doebler. "Laser surgery can cause damage to the prostate which leads to some temporary problems and in some cases, permanent problems. The UroLift is a great alternative. I believe it's the best thing we have right now to treat enlarged prostates."

The UroLift might be right for you if any of the following apply:

  • You do not want to take another pill everyday
  • You have tried BPH medication but are unhappy with the side effects
  • You do not want to undergo major surgery due to potential surgical risks of side effects and complications
  • You want a BPH solution that preserves your sexual function
  • You want to regain your quality of life with minimal downtime

"Most men are aware of what's going on when these symptoms come long," says Dr. Doebler. "They start off mild and may progress, and in many cases, if the symptoms are just annoying and not affecting a patient's lifestyle, then we don't have to do anything. However, if these symptoms become more problematic, that's when we need to start to think about a form of therapy and that is when the UroLift comes in."

For more information, please visit For more information, please visit www.ohiovalleyhospital.org.

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