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Enlarged Prostate a Common Issue for Men
BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a fancy term for an enlarged prostate. It’s a common issue for aging men, with approximately 20% of men at age 40, and 80% of men in their seventies, being diagnosed with the condition.
Dr. Ryan Manecke, MD, a Board Certified Urologist with Advanced Urology Associates, evaluates and treats patients for BPH. “Possible symptoms of BPH include slowing of the urine stream, a sensation of being unable to empty the bladder, frequent and urgent urination, prolonged dribbling, and a “starting and stopping” of the urine flow,” he explained. “These symptoms are often more bothersome at night. Less common symptoms include bloody urine, infections, or bladder stones, although sometimes men with BPH don’t show any symptoms at all.”
It’s easy to check for BPH, which, if left untreated, can lead to kidney failure, bladder damage, or an inability to urinate. “Patients with mild or no symptoms, and no signs of other health problems related to BPH, don’t need treatment,” added Dr. Manecke. “However, it’s important to know if BPH is present; a simple digital rectal exam by the doctor can check for BPH and also for signs of prostate cancer.”
While many BPH patients don’t require treatment, there are multiple options for those who need it. “Treatment options include lifestyle modifications (avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco), medications to shrink or relax the prostate, and surgeries to open the prostate,” said Dr. Manecke. “Pelvic floor therapy, nerve stimulation, and other new treatments can help the body cope with BPH, and provide new alternatives to surgery or medication.”
At Advanced Urology’s BPH Center of Excellence, doctors routinely offer about six varieties of medication and six different operations for BPH. “Sometimes, lifestyle changes are all that’s necessary to cope with mild BPH symptoms,” said Dr. Manecke. “Urologists can help patients prioritize goals and choose the best treatment.” For more information, please contact: