AN accountant who has undergone pioneering prostate treatment says it’s changed his life.

David Wyllie was one of the first men treated on the NHS at Colchester General Hospital using the new prostate treatment, UroLift.

David, 57, first became worried in 2016 when he developed urinary symptoms including poor flow and a strong urgency to go to the loo.

He said: “If I had a drink after 7pm, I’d be wakened up around three times a night – I was like a zombie the following day.

“Sleep deprivation is the worst form of torture and I was also worried that the symptoms I had were caused by prostate cancer.”

David, who lives in Boxted, went to his GP and after cancer checks came back clear,he was diagnosed with a benign enlargement of the prostate, known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

BPH is non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, the walnut-sized gland which surrounds the urethra, the passageway that drains urine from the body.

The enlarged prostate presses on, and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms.

After pills didn’t improve David’s urge to pee, he opted for surgery.

Led by consultant urological surgeon Rajiv Pillai, the 30-minute operation involved pining back the prostate using implants.

David said: “The symptoms I had have completely gone.

“I even take a cup of tea in the car with me when I go to work in case I get stuck in traffic on the A12 and if I get the urge I can hold on.

“The biggest thing I have noticed is that you can go for a wee, a proper wee, not a 20 second dribble.”

David urged men to visit their GP if experiencing similar symptoms to him before his surgery.

“Don’t wait, you need to know what’s wrong with you.

“With any luck, if it’s BPH and you’ve had it checked early enough, you will eligible for a UroLift.

“For me, it’s worked and it’s a life changer. I am so glad I had it done.”