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Roger’s story: 'Off one more prescription' after UroLift

Friday, October 18, 2019

By: Alysha Schertz


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Roger Lindgren UroLift patientRoger Lindgren was on medication for an enlarged prostate for at least six years.

 

For a while, the medication seemed to work, helping urine flow from the bladder.

 

Until one day, it didn’t.

 

“I woke up one night with a strong urge to go … and I just couldn’t,” says Roger, who’s in his early 70s.

 

Roger went back to bed and woke up a few more times and still couldn’t go.

 

He decided to wait, drink some water, and see if it would eventually pass.

 

It didn’t.

 

Later that day, Roger went to urgent care. The care team inserted a catheter and drained 2 liters of liquid from his bladder.

 

“That was the first time I felt relief in a long time,” Roger says.

 

Before that morning, Roger was waking up more than five times during the night. He wasn’t getting a good night’s sleep. Roger and his wife had to sleep in separate bedrooms just so she could rest, he says.

 

That morning in urgent care changed everything for him.

 

“That was the moment I decided I needed to do something more,” he says. “I couldn’t live like that anymore.”

 

Roger was referred to Dr. Timothy Kennedy of Aurora BayCare Urological Surgeons.

 

Dr. Kennedy introduced Roger to the UroLift procedure.

 

“He said he could fix it within 12 minutes,” Roger says. “Once he told me what was available, I said let’s go with that.”

 

UroLift is a minimally-invasive treatment that can help men with enlarged prostate. During the procedure, a urologist lifts the enlarged prostate tissue and holds it back with implants.

 

The procedure prevents the tissue from blocking the urethra and allows urine to flow normally.

 

Roger underwent the procedure in December 2018.

 

It was performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. He returned home the same day.

 

Since his procedure, Roger is off all medications for his enlarged prostate. He no longer has urination issues. He’s sleeping better.

 

“The difference is I’m off one more prescription,” he says. “Everything is working fine. At night, if I get up, it’s only once or twice … and at least I’m able to go. I can live with that.”

 

Dr. Kennedy has had high-level training with the UroLift System. He has been recognized by the UroLift Center of Excellence for his work.

 

Dr. Kennedy sees patients in Green Bay and Marinette. To request an appointment do so online or call 920-288-8280 in Green Bay or 715-735-9494 in Marinette.

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