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Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Is Common, Treatable
The prostate is a gland in the male body that plays a role in both urination and sex. It undergoes two major growth periods; the first is in early puberty, and the second is around age 25. This later growth phase often results in BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), or an enlarged prostate.
An enlarged prostate is a common part of aging. “BPH affects 75% of men over the age of 60,” said Dr. Gregory Andros, a Urologist with Advanced Urology Associates. “If left untreated, the enlarged prostate can lead to bladder infections, bladder stones, bladder muscle damage, complete bladder obstruction, and kidney damage.”
The symptoms of an enlarged prostate include frequent urination, a weak or slow urinary stream, difficulty starting urination or feeling a strong urge to go, and a feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder. Men with BPH typically have to get up frequently during the night to use the restroom.
“Men should see a Urologist for a prostate wellness check once a year,” explained Dr. Andros. “Over the past five years, there have been significant advances in treating BPH. The UroLift, an in-office procedure where the patient receives light sedation, is one of the latest treatments for BPH. It un-obstructs the bladder with the placement of a small prostate implant. The procedure only takes 20 minutes, and is covered by health insurance and Medicare. Men can resume normal activity in three days.”
The Green Light Laser is another advanced prostate treatment utilized by AUA. “This procedure is a little more invasive; we use a laser to shrink the prostate by 50%,” added Dr. Andros. “It’s often performed in an outpatient surgical center.” Severe prostate obstruction may require a TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate), which includes cutting out the obstruction through a scope, requiring 1-2 nights in a hospital.
Questions About BPH Treatment?
If you suffer from urinary symptoms caused by BPH, don’t worry. You have options. Request an appointment or contact us today at 815.409.4930.