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iTind is an innovative treatment that can provide lasting relief from the urinary problems caused by benign prostatic enlargement (BPH). The London Clinic is the first private hospital in the UK to offer iTind, which offers a safe, effective alternative to drugs and surgery.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland, between the bladder and penis in men. The prostate often enlarges with increasing age. As it grows it can press on the urethra, causing problems with the flow of urine. As many as a third of men over the age of 50 have urinary symptoms, the most common cause of problems is non-cancerous enlarged prostate or BPH.
iTind is a new approach to the treatment of prostate enlargement. It is a temporary implant that is inserted in a quick, minimally-invasive procedure. The device presses on the urethra and improves the flow of urine. It can relieve symptoms, without the complications and risks and recovery associated with surgery or medication.
Why choose The London Clinic?
The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.
Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.
Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.
Understanding your treatment
We have a team of expert Urology Consultants at the London Clinic, who can diagnose BPH, check for prostate cancer and advise on the best way of managing your urinary symptoms.
How do I know if I have prostate problems?
When the enlarged prostate is impeding urine flow, it can cause a number of symptoms. These include:
- Problems passing urine, including difficulty starting off the flow.
- A weak stream of urine and dribbling after going to the toilet.
- Passing urine more frequently and having to go to the toilet overnight to pass urine.
- An urgent need to pass urine.
- Incontinence and leakage of urine.
- The sensation that the bladder is not emptying properly.
Will iTind affect my sex life?
The prostate gland is an important part of male reproduction and sexuality. It helps with the production and release of semen. Surgical and medical treatments for BPH can affect sexual function. Many men are understandably concerned about this potential complication and are looking for a safe alternative. The iTind can provide relief from urinary symptoms without removing tissue from the prostate or damaging the sperm ducts and sphincter, which reduces the risk of sexual dysfunction.
Can anyone have iTind?
iTind is recommended for men with moderate to severe symptoms of prostate enlargement. The specialists at the London Clinic will be able to assess and advise whether it is appropriate for you.
Is the iTind permanent?
The device is designed to be temporary and stays in place for 5-7 days. However, the symptomatic improvements should be ongoing, with results usually continuing to improve during the three months following treatment.
Your consultant will insert the iTind in a short, outpatient procedure. The device can be introduced under local anaesthetic; however, sedation may also be used to reduce anxiety.
The iTIND is introduced into the urethra through the penis. It is placed in the narrowed part of the urethra, near the prostate. A keyhole camera is used to assist precise placement of the iTiND. The procedure is simple and takes no more than five minutes.
When in place, the device starts to work immediately. It presses on the prostate, reshaping the gland and opening up the urethra. This clears the path for the flow of urine, with immediate relief of symptoms.
You will be discharged with the implant in place and should be able to pass urine independently immediately.
The iTind is removed after 5-7 days. This is a painless process that takes minutes in outpatients. A flexible catheter is inserted into the penis and the implant is pulled out. The symptomatic benefits should continue for at least three years.
What are the treatment risks?
Our consultants, together with our experienced anaesthetists and nursing staff, work to minimise risks and support your safe recovery.
No significant dangers are associated with the iTind, but cystoscopy can occasionally cause:
- Infection: Rarely, infection can be introduced into the urinary tract. This can be treated with antibiotics.
- Pain: There may be a burning sensation when passing water. This usually settles quickly.
Most men are able to go back to normal activities straight away, however it’s sensible not to do anything too strenuous.
You may be conscious of the device for the first few days, although it’s not usually painful. If there is discomfort, over-the-counter painkillers should help. Some men have an urgent need to urinate, this usually settles and disappears when the implant is removed.
The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments.
Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.
Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.
General enquiries: 020 7935 4444 Appointments: 020 7616 7693 Self-Pay: 020 3219 3315
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