UroLift® Center of Excellence
WILKES-BARRE, PA – Dr. Michael Rittenberg, a urologist with Commonwealth Health Physician Network, receives Center of Excellence Designation. The designation recognizes that he has achieved a high level of training and experience with the prostatic urethral lift procedure and demonstrated a commitment to exemplary care for men suffering from symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate. The permanent implants, delivered during a transurethral outpatient procedure, relieve prostate obstruction and open the urethra directly without cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue.
Over 40 million men in the United States are affected by BPH, a condition that occurs when the prostate gland that surrounds the male urethra becomes enlarged with advancing age and begins to obstruct the urinary system. Symptoms of BPH often include interrupted sleep and urinary problems and can cause loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life.
Medication is often the first-line therapy for enlarged prostate, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Side effects of medication treatment can include sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches, prompting many patients to quit using the drugs. For these patients, the classic alternative is surgery that cuts, heats or removes prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra. While current surgical options can be very effective in relieving symptoms, they can also leave patients with permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and retrograde ejaculation.
Dr. Rittenberg's office is located at 423 Third Ave. Suite B, Kingston. Most major insurance plans are accepted, including Geisinger Plan. To schedule an appointment, call 570-288-3601.