The spotlight is on men’s health this month — specifically prostate health

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Not a lot of men would share what Jim Beers is talking about.

“I would have to make frequent bathroom stops to urinate. I would wake up in the middle of the night having to go frequently and at times, I wasn’t able to go at all for minutes,” he said.

Jim was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate — common among men as they grow older.

Not satisfied with the medication he was taking, he sought help from Urologist Dr. Daniel Kellner at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Kellner’s prescription — Urolift, a new minimally invasive treatment.

He explains, “Basically it pushes the obstructing prostate tissue out of the way with very quick recovery and very quick improvement in urinary symptoms. It is a suture based implant. There’s a needle that passes this clip to the outside of the prostate. It brings a piece of suture through the prostate and puts a 2nd clip on the inside of the prostate. This suture material is tightened in order to pull the prostate tissue from the inside to the outside. And basically it’s like taking curtain pins and moving curtains out of the way.”

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Medicare covers the procedure but not every insurance plan does.

Jim says, “Quality of life [is] now a lot better. I don’t have to plan my vacations around where the restrooms are.”

This is something else to think about.

Dr. Kellner explains, “This is prostate cancer awareness month as well so it’s important that you continue to get your prostate screened.”

The recommendation is that men, age 55 and over, get a yearly screening. Earlier for those more at risk — African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer.

“There’s a lot better treatment options if patients are found to have cancer earlier versus if it’s a later stage,” says Dr. Kellner, “It’s a pretty simple screening. We do a blood test, and we do a physical examination.”

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men.

A free screening is being offered Thursday, Sept. 14, on the Yale New Haven Hospital St. Raphael Campus from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It’s at the Orchard Medical Building, 330 Orchard Street, Suite 164.

Make an appointment if you can by calling 1-888-700-6543.

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