LewisGale Medical Center
February 08, 2022

Salem, VA  – LewisGale Medical Center is the first hospital in Roanoke Valley to offer a new treatment option for patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men age.

The outpatient procedure uses technology, known as UroLift®, to insert tiny implants to hold open the obstructed pathway that is blocking urine flow, eliminating the blockage instead of continuously treating enlarged prostate symptoms. The majority of patients return home immediately and experience a quick recovery.

Christopher Starks, MD, a board-certified urologist with LewisGale Physicians, recently performed the first procedure at LewisGale Medical Center.

“As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms including a delayed urinary stream, frequent need to urinate, or the feeling of an urgent need to urinate,” said Starks. “This treatment has demonstrated a significant improvement in quality of life for men so they can resume daily activities.”

BPH is very common, affecting nearly 40 million Americans and 500 million men worldwide. More than 40% of men in their 50s and more than 70% of men in their 60s have BPH.1 While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.

In addition to UroLift®, Dr. Starks is trained in other options to treat BPH, including Laser Photo-Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP) and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). “This new minimally invasive option adds to the arsenal of procedure options that we have to treat this very common condition among men.” 

To schedule an appointment for the diagnosis and treatment for BPH, contact LewisGale Physicians – Urology at (540) 772-3702.


  1. Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984; U.S. Census Bureau - International Database by Region, Age and Year

About LewisGale Regional Health System

LewisGale Regional Health System includes 44 HCA Virginia Health System-owned patient care facilities including four hospitals, one freestanding ER, two regional cancer centers and affiliations with both employed and independent physicians. HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 27 outpatient centers, five freestanding emergency rooms and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. The private hospital system is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $105.7 million in charity and uncompensated care, and pays $88.9 million in taxes annually. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.