UAE doctor cures elderly man of chronic prostate illness using new minimal invasive technology

Treatment is less painful, can be performed in 15 minutes and helps recover faster


Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Tue 28 Jun 2022, 3:37 PM

Last updated: Wed 29 Jun 2022, 1:22 PM

An 82-year-old Ghanaian national was cured of his prostate problem after a doctor at a hospital in Dubai used the latest minimal invasive technology (Urolift).

Eric George Don-Arthur was suffering from difficulty in urination and disturbance in sleep and was referred to Fakeeh University Hospital (FUH) from Ghana.

George had a poor urine stream causing difficulty in urination and irritation; this required him to wake up several times to urinate, hence disturbing his sleep. After evaluation, it was found that he has an enlarged prostate causing incomplete bladder emptying and very poor urine flow.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia affects about 50% of men between the ages of 51 and 60 and up to 90% of men older than 80.

FUH discussed different treatment options for prostate enlargement with George, including minimal invasive Urolift and Rezum procedures. He was told that Urolift would be the most suitable option for his condition.

Consultant and Lead Urologist at Fakeeh University Hospital, Dr Hosam Al-Qudah helped the Ghanaian overcome his long, troubling prostate disease by performing surgery using the latest minimal invasive technology (UROLIFT) available to treat Benign Prostate Hyperplasia.

In this treatment, UroLift implants are inserted in the prostate to improve symptoms. This unique technology is less painful, can be performed in 15 minutes and helps in faster recovery. Before the procedure, the patient underwent cardiac and anaesthesia evaluation for safety. The procedure was done under sedation and was well tolerated by the patient.

George was happy with the treatment as it showed immediate improvement.

Soon after the surgery, he could enjoy some of the must-see Dubai attractions and travel back home to reunite with his family.

Dr Al-Qudah told Khaleej Times that before the surgery, George had a disturbed sleep pattern that affected his routine life. "Patients with this condition generally tend to intake less fluid because it will require them to use the bathroom more often."

"Post the surgery, he was relieved of issues like difficulty in urination and poor stream. He now doesn't need to wake up often to go to the toilet, which also improved his sleep," he added.

According to the doctor, Benign Prostate Hyperplasia cannot be prevented as it occurs in over 50 per cent of men who are above 50 years of age. "Early diagnosis of the condition will prevent complications, lead to better results, and improve quality of life," said Dr Al-Qudah.


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