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Simple Treatments Available for Frustrating, Frequent Nighttime Restroom Trips
Men who suffer from an enlarged prostate, (also called BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia), frequently have to urinate multiple times throughout the night. This bothersome BPH symptom is easy to correct, allowing patients to benefit from restful, uninterrupted sleep, increased productivity, and a better quality of life.
“For patients with BPH, the bladder has to squeeze harder and faster to get urine out,” explained Dr. Peter Tek, Urologist with Advanced Urology Associates. “The prostate surrounds the urethra, creating an obstruction when enlarged. More urine is produced at night, so it’s difficult to get a good night’s rest. It’s also important to realize that increased urination at night could be due to other serious medical conditions; we recommend seeking our medical evaluation.”
According to Dr. Tek, an enlarged prostate is a normal part of aging. Approximately half of men between ages 51 and 60 have BPH, and up to 90% over age 80 have it.
“Our first line therapy for problems stemming from an enlarged prostate includes behavioral modifications,” said Dr. Tek. “If unsuccessful, the next step is to try FDA-approved medications that help empty and relax the bladder.”
If medications don’t help, the third step is to perform a simple surgical procedure to eliminate BPH symptoms. “We offer several minimally invasive procedures, some of which are actually performed in our office,” said Dr. Tek. “The Urolift treatment lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it doesn’t block the urethra. No cutting, heating, or removal of prostate tissue is involved in this procedure.”
Dr. Tek’s goal is to open up the urethra to relieve the obstruction that causes so many urination problems. “The patient’s anatomy determines the appropriate procedure,” he added. “Another fantastic new procedure is GreenLight Laser Therapy, which uses a laser to vaporize some of the unneeded prostate tissue. Many of our procedures are outpatient-based; they’re simple, fast, and safe, with minimal recovery time.”