Dr. Lonnie T. Klein of Advanced Urology Institute in Safety Harbor, FL, designated as a UroLift® Center of Excellence


NeoTract, a wholly owned subsidiary of Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX) focused on addressing unmet needs in the field of urology, today announced that Lonnie T. Klein, M.D., Advanced Urology Institute in Safety Harbor, FL, has been designated as a UroLift® Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes that Dr. Klein has achieved a high level of training and experience with the UroLift® System and 
demonstrated a commitment to exemplary care for men suffering from symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate.

Recommended for the treatment of BPH in both the American Urological Association and European Association of Urology clinical guidelines, the FDA-cleared Prostatic Urethral Lift procedure using the UroLift System is a proven, minimally invasive technology for treating lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH. The UroLift permanent implants, delivered during a transurethral outpatient procedure, relieve prostate obstruction and open the urethra directly without cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue. The UroLift Center of Excellence program is designed to highlight urologists who are committed to educating their patients on BPH and the UroLift System as a treatment option and consistently seek to deliver excellent patient outcomes and experiences.

“This designation recognizes Dr. Lonnie T. Klein as a UroLift Center of Excellence for his commitment to providing safe and effective treatment to patients with BPH,” said Dave Amerson, president of the Teleflex Interventional Urology business unit. “We are pleased to see the continued acceptance of the UroLift System as a standard of care treatment that may allow men to discontinue the use of BPH medications and improve their quality of life.”

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.

About the UroLift® System

The FDA-cleared UroLift System is a proven, minimally invasive technology for treating lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The UroLift permanent implants, delivered during a minimally invasive transurethral outpatient procedure, relieve prostate obstruction and open the urethra directly without cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue. Clinical data from a pivotal 206-patient randomized controlled study showed that patients with enlarged prostate receiving UroLift implants reported rapid and durable symptomatic and urinary flow rate improvement without compromising sexual function*1,2. Patients also experienced a significant improvement in quality of life. Over 100,000 men have been treated with the UroLift System in the U.S. Most common adverse events reported include hematuria, dysuria, micturition urgency, pelvic pain, and urge incontinence. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure. The Prostatic Urethral Lift procedure using the UroLift System is recommended for the treatment of BPH in both the American Urological Association and European Association of Urology clinical guidelines. The UroLift System is available in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. Learn more at www.UroLift.com.

About NeoTract | Teleflex Interventional Urology

A wholly owned subsidiary of Teleflex Incorporated, the Interventional Urology Business Unit is dedicated to developing innovative, minimally invasive and clinically effective devices that address unmet needs in the field of urology. Our initial focus is on improving the standard of care for patients with BPH using the UroLift System, a minimally invasive permanent implant system that treats symptoms while preserving normal sexual function*1,2. Learn more at http://www.NeoTract.com.

About Teleflex Incorporated

Teleflex is a global provider of medical technologies designed to improve the health and quality of people’s lives. We apply purpose driven innovation – a relentless pursuit of identifying unmet clinical needs – to benefit patients and healthcare providers. Our portfolio is diverse, with solutions in the fields of vascular and interventional access, surgical, anesthesia, cardiac care, urology, emergency medicine and respiratory care. Teleflex employees worldwide are united in the understanding that what we do every day makes a difference. For more information, please visit http://www.teleflex.com.

Teleflex is the home of Arrow®, Deknatel®, Hudson RCI®, LMA®, Pilling®, Rusch®, UroLift® and Weck® – trusted brands united by a common sense of purpose

For Teleflex Incorporated:
Jake Elguicze, 610.948.2836
Treasurer and Vice President, Investor Relations

Nicole Osmer, 650.454.0504 nicole@healthandcommerce.com

*No instances of new, sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction
1. Roehrborn, J Urology 2013 LIFT Study
2.McVary, J Sex Med 2016

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What Urology Procedures Are Performed in Our Naples Office?


  • The Advanced Urology Institute’s Naples office, led by Dr. Rolando Rivera, offers a range of outpatient urology procedures, including prostate procedures, reconstructive surgeries, and stone disease treatment.
  • Complex cases requiring specialized equipment, such as robotic surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, are performed at the hospital.
  • The Advanced Urology Institute is the largest urology practice in Florida, providing comprehensive and personalized care to patients seeking a urologist in Naples, FL.


Urology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of various conditions related to the urinary tract and male reproductive system. At the Advanced Urology Institute in Naples, FloridaDr. Rolando Rivera, is a board-certified urologist who is also specialized in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. In this article, we will discuss the various urology procedures performed at the Naples office and how Dr. Rivera can help you.

Outpatient Urology Procedures in Naples

The surgery center in Naples is designed for primarily outpatient interventions that are fairly uncomplicated. A range of procedures can be performed at this facility, catering to the diverse needs of patients seeking a urologist in Naples, FL.

Prostate Procedures

One of the common procedures performed at the Naples office is the Urolift. This minimally invasive procedure treats benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition characterized by an enlarged prostate gland. The Urolift procedure involves the placement of small implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way, relieving pressure on the urethra and improving urine flow.

Reconstructive Surgeries

Dr. Rolando Rivera performs simple reconstructive procedures at the Naples office, focusing on pelvic reconstructive surgeries. These surgeries address issues such as pelvic organ prolapse, in which the pelvic organs, like the bladder or uterus, descend due to weakened pelvic floor muscles and ligaments. The reconstructive procedures aim to repair and strengthen the pelvic floor to restore normal function and alleviate symptoms.

Stone Disease Treatment

For patients suffering from kidney stones, the Naples office offers various treatment options. Depending on the size, location, and type of kidney stones, Dr. Rivera may perform minimally invasive procedures like extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) or ureteroscopy to break up and remove the stones.

Hospital Procedures for Complex Cases

While the Naples office is equipped to handle a variety of urological issues, some complex cases require specialized equipment and hospital facilities. For instance, Dr. Rivera performs robotic surgery for pelvic organ prolapse at the hospital. This advanced technique uses the da Vinci Surgical System to perform precise, minimally invasive procedures that result in shorter recovery times and reduced complications.

Advanced Urology Institute: Comprehensive Urological Care

The Advanced Urology Institute is the largest urology practice in Florida, offering state-of-the-art facilities and a team of highly skilled urologists. With a focus on providing personalized care to each patient, the team at the Advanced Urology Institute works collaboratively to diagnose and treat a wide range of urological conditions. If you are seeking a urologist in Naples, FL, trust the expertise of Dr. Rolando Rivera and the team at the Advanced Urology Institute.


I’m Rolando Rivera and I’m board certified in Urology and Female Public Medicine and Reconstructed Surgery with Advanced Urology Institute.

So the surgery center is designed for primary outpatient interventions that are fairly uncomplicated. So we do do a fair amount of things in the surgery center. We do our prostate procedures, Urolift, we do a fair amount of those. We do simple reconstructive procedures, public reconstructive surgeries, stone disease, those kinds of things. The more complex reconstructive surgeries that require specific equipment, like I do robotic surgery for prolapse, that is a hospital procedure.


How Does UroLift Procedure for BPH Work, According to Dr. David Harris?


  • UroLift is a cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedure for treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), which is the most common prostate problem faced by men over 50. It involves placing a small implant in the urethra to compress the tissue causing blockage, improving urine flow and urination patterns.
  • Compared to previous BPH treatments that required general anesthesia, caused irritation and inflammation, and had a long recovery time, UroLift is well tolerated by patients and has far fewer side effects.
  • UroLift does not cause sexual problems, which were a common side effect of previous BPH treatments. This allows sexually active men to treat their BPH without sacrificing their sex lives.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) can be described as the blockage of urine as it tries to flow from the bladder, through the urethra, and out of the body. It occurs when an enlarged prostate begins to pinch the urethra, which is the tube that urine flows through as it leaves the bladder. The result is difficulty urinating, weak urine streams, and frequent urgent needs to urinate. BPH is the most common prostate problem faced by men over 50.

Dr. David Harris of Fort Myers, FLFortunately for men who suffer from BPH, medical progress is on their side. According to Dr. David S. Harris, “We now have new tools and less invasive ways of treating guys with blockage.” One of the tools he is referring to is called UroLift. This clever cutting-edge procedure is changing the way the condition is treated and how men live post-BPH.

Before UroLift, in order to open the channel in the urethra a scope would be inserted through the penis to cut and remove tissue from the blocked channel. In other instances, urologists would use a heat method to destroy prostate tissue. Although this procedure would decrease the size of the prostate to relieve pressure on the channel, it required general anesthesia and resulted in a great deal of irritation and inflammation, as well a long recovery time.

UroLift has replaced these invasive procedures. UroLift is a small implant that is placed in the urethra and compresses the tissue that is causing the blockage, opening the channel for the flow of urine. This new implant dramatically improves the strength of urine flow. It also helps create normal patterns of urination, thereby stopping the frequent, strong urges to urinate. It brings men back to normal.

The UroLift procedure is minimally invasive and is well tolerated by patients. Another huge benefit is that UroLift has far fewer side effects than previous BPH procedures. One of the main negative side effects of previous BPH treatments was that they caused sexual problems by affecting a man’s ability to get and maintain an erection for intercourse. Thanks to UroLift, sexually active men do not have to choose between their sex lives and treating their BPH.

UroLift may be the best option for men who wish to take back their lives from the symptoms of BPH without resorting to an invasive procedure. Make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. David Harris or one of the many board certified urology specialists at Advanced Urology Insitute to find out if Urolift will work for you. For more information, visit the Advanced Urology Insitute website.


My name is David Harris and I’m a urologist with Advanced Urology Institute in Fort Myers. We now have tools that have progressed and we have different, less invasive ways of treating many of the guys with blockage. The most recent addition to our armamentarium is a procedure called Urolift and we are very excited to be able to offer Urolift because this is different.

Previously to open that channel there would be a procedure with a scope with the patient asleep and there would either be cutting of tissue in the channel or a heat destruction of prostate tissue and you can imagine that results in a lot of irritation, a lot of inflammation. So Urolift is very clever and the guys that designed this came up with the idea of using a small implant in the channel that compresses the lateral obstructing tissue and makes the channel more open and it is dramatically improving the force of the stream and the urinary pattern with a minimally invasive procedure that is well tolerated, fewer side effects than the medications that have been used, fewer side effects from the bigger operation and excellent outcomes.

Now one of the features, one of the issues that is striking about this is many of the medications that have been used for that will cause sexual problems, will affect the sex act and that also happens with the more significant surgery. It does not change erections and it does not change how a man ejaculates after surgery. So this is becoming very popular very quickly and many of the younger guys 50’s, 60’s that are sexually active that are having obstruction are no longer choosing the medications as the option to avoid surgery. They’re choosing Urolift so they don’t have to take medication, don’t have the side effects. So it’s dramatic.