About Prostate Enlargement
Prostate enlargement, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a condition most men will face as they get older. The good news is that although the symptoms of BPH are similar to those for prostate cancer
, it is not linked to and does not increase your risk of getting cancer.
Unfortunately, while not life-threatening, the symptoms of BPH can be uncomfortable and the can cause other urologic problems. They include:
- Trouble starting a urine stream or making more than a dribble.
- Urinating often, especially at night.
- Feeling like you cannot completely empty your bladder.
- A strong or sudden urge to urinate.
- Weak or slow urine stream.
- Stopping and starting numerous times while urinating.
- Pushing or straining to begin urinating.
At its worst, BPH can lead to a weakened bladder, bladder or kidney infections, a complete block of the flow of urine or kidney failure. For these reasons, it is important that you see your doctor as soon as possible if you have any symptoms.
Treatments We Offer
If your symptoms are mild, you may choose watchful waiting
before undergoing treatment for BPH. If you do, your doctor will work with you to closely monitor your condition and help you reduce symptoms.
If your symptoms are mild to moderate, you can likely find relief from BPH with non-invasive drug therapies. Two types of drugs are used to treat BPH: alpha-blockers, which relax the muscles near your prostate, and 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors, which shrink the prostate gland. Your doctor will help you decide which drug treatments will be most beneficial to you.
Surgery is becoming less common for prostate enlargement over the years thanks to advances is less invasive treatments. But if your symptoms are severe and drug therapy is not successful, the following surgeries can help: