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Jamaica Hospital Provides New and Effective Way to Treat Prostate Gland Enlargement
Dr. Ricardo Ricciardi is one of the first
Urologists in New York City to be recognized
for his efforts in providing a new and effective
way to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH),
a condition that affects millions of men in the
BPH – also called prostate gland enlargement – is
a common condition that many men experience as
they get older. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland
that surrounds the urethra. When the prostate
becomes enlarged it can lead to BPH, which can
cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as
frequent or urgent need to urinate and increased
frequency of urination at night. In addition to
urinary problems, men living with BPH also
experience interrupted sleep, loss of productivity,
and depression. Over 40 million men in America
are affected by BPH and 12 million are currently
under the care of a physician for the condition.
Until recently, men living with BPH were offered
two treatment options – medication or surgery.
Medication is often the first-line of therapy for
BPH, but relief can be inadequate and temporary.
In addition, many men have reported various side
effects including sexual dysfunction, dizziness
and headaches. Traditionally, the alternative
treatment option has been surgery, but surgical
options either require cutting, heating or removing
prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra. While
surgery has been effective in relieving symptoms,
it requires a longer recovery period and can also
leave patients with permanent side effects such
as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and
Now, Dr. Ricciardi is offering the UroLift system,
an FDA cleared, revolutionary treatment that
provides rapid and durable relief from urinary
symptoms associated with BPH. The UroLift system
works by placing small, permanent implants into
the prostate to lift and hold the enlarged tissue
out of the way, relieving pressure on the urethra
and allowing urine to flow. There is no cutting,
heating, or removal of prostate tissue. This noninvasive
procedure is done in an outpatient setting
under local anesthesia. Patients experience rapid
improvement with minimal side effects and are able
to resume their normal routines quickly
and no longer require medication.
According to Dr. Ricciardi, “I am
privileged to be able to offer my patients
the UroLift procedure, which is truly a
breakthrough in the treatment of BPH.
This procedure provides so many benefits
and can increase their overall quality of
life without any side effects.”
Dr. Ricciardi has performed over 100
UroLift procedures and his practice
has recently been named as a Center
of Excellence in this form of treatment.
This designation recognizes that Dr.
Ricciardi has achieved the highest level of training
with the UroLift System and has demonstrated a
commitment to providing exemplary care to men
suffering from symptoms of BPH. Less than 70
urologists in the United States have received a
Center of Excellence designation and Dr. Ricciardi
is the only physician in New York City to receive
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ricciardi,
please call (718) 206-7110.
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