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Over 70% of men in their 60s have symptoms of an enlarged prostate. You don’t have to be one of them!
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a very common condition in which the prostate enlarges as you get older. While BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) condition, it can cause loss of sleep, reduced productivity, and a lower quality of life.
Most symptoms of an enlarged prostate are related to urination. Some of the more common symptoms:
- Difficulty starting urination
- Frequent or urgent need to urinate
- Inability to completely empty the bladder
- Increased frequency of urination at night
- Stopping and starting while urinating or dribbling at the end of urination
- Straining while urinating
- Weak urine stream
Left untreated, an enlarged prostate can block urine flow, causing urinary tract infections, reduced kidney function, and bladder stone formation. To be proactive, see a doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Since symptoms of an enlarged prostate are similar to those of other urological conditions, it’s important to rule out other causes.
If symptoms are mild, your doctor may recommend watchful waiting to monitor your condition. If treatment is necessary, options may include medications, laser therapy, surgery, or a prostatic urethral lift.
What is an Enlarged Prostate?
The prostate is a male reproductive gland. The prostate surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate enlarges, it presses on the urethra, causing uncomfortable urinary symptoms. The prostate continues to grow as you age, which is why BPH affects so many older men.
Enlarged Prostate Medications
Your doctor may recommend medication to manage your symptoms. Medications include alpha blockers and alpha inhibitors. Alpha blockers relax the muscles around the neck of your bladder, making it easier to urinate. Alpha-reductase inhibitors shrink the prostate. Medications can be helpful in relieving symptoms, but you must continue taking them long-term to maintain the benefits.
Prostate Surgery Options
In addition to traditional surgical approaches, minimally invasive surgical options are available. Surgery will reduce the size of the prostate gland and open the urethra by treating the enlarged prostate tissue that blocks the flow of urine. Which type of surgery you have is based on a number of factors, including the size of your prostate and the severity of your symptoms.
A prostatic urethral lift (PUL) is a minimally invasive treatment for an enlarged prostate. This procedure involves the use of small implants that lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way. This relieves pressure and allows urine to flow. Patients report that symptoms improve as early as two weeks after the procedure.
A PUL procedure does not involve heating, cutting, or removal of prostate tissue. Clinical data shows that prostate lift treatment is safe and effective without impact to sexual function.
Benefits of a prostate lift include:
- Rapid symptom relief
- No loss to sexual function
- Faster recovery
Symptom Relief and Better Quality of Life
Over 500 million men in the world have an enlarged prostate. You don’t have to suffer along with them! Talk to an Aurora BayCare urologist to determine if you are a candidate for treatment. With the right medical care, you can get fast and lasting relief from the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate.