Southend has the first NHS prostate patients in south east to benefit from new time-saving procedure
17 January 2018
Southend Hospital is the first within the NHS in the south east to offer a new procedure to treat symptoms arising from non-cancerous (benign) prostate growth.
The procedure speeds up surgery and improves results for
patients. Many people are aware of prostate cancer, however,
non-cancerous prostate growth is much more common and can cause
problems with passing urine such as frequent visits to the toilet
in the day and night, poor flow and urgency.
Mr Peter Acher, Consultant Urologist, said: "The Urolift®
operation is a short day case procedure which only takes 15 minutes
to perform, meaning patients don't have to stay in hospital
overnight. There's now no need for a catheter and minimal side
effects and post-operative complications for patients.
"Previously they would have undergone a 60-90 minute invasive
procedure, typically requiring an inpatient stay, a catheter for a
period of time afterwards and resulting in potential loss of
The improved procedure helps to relieve the symptoms of having
difficulty to pass urine without cutting or removing tissue, and it
is already proving to be a success.
Mr Acher, added: "Our first three patients went home the same
day with no complications and reported an immediate improvement in