Sonora, CA) – There are only 30 UroLift® Centers of Excellence in the United States, only two in Northern California and less than five in rural regions across the entire country. Now Sonora is proud home to one of them. Urologist Eric Freedman, MD, has achieved the highest level of training and experience with NeoTract’s UroLift System and has been designated as one of the few UroLift Centers of Excellence in the nation.
In late November, Adventist Health Sonora celebrated with Dr. Freedman and several of his patients as NeoTract presented him with this designation. During the ceremony, Dr. Freedman’s patients praised the Advanced Urology staff and spoke about the ease of the UroLift procedure and their significant relief from urinary problems.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, affects millions of men. In fact, over 70 percent of men in their 60s experience symptoms of BPH. As men age, the prostate enlarges and can constrict and block the urethra, causing symptoms such as frequent urination both day and night, weak urinary stream and feeling an inability to completely empty the bladder. BPH is not prostate cancer, but a condition contributing to urinary problems that can interrupt sleep and decrease quality of life.
The UroLift system provides an innovative treatment to ease symptoms of BPH using tiny implants to hold the prostate lobes apart, relieving compression on the urethra. “The UroLift system is the only minimally invasive BPH treatment option that is accomplished without heating, cooking, cutting or removal of prostate tissue,” explains Dr. Freedman. “This is a mechanical relief of a mechanical problem, customized to the individual prostate shape. It can be performed in the office under local anesthesia so costs are controlled and convenience and safety are high. Patients are able to get back to their normal routines quickly and can discontinue their BPH medications. It is a privilege to offer my patients a breakthrough treatment option that offers real long-term results.”