Enlarged Prostate BPH
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, known as BPH, is a very common, non-cancerous condition causing gradual enlargement of the prostate in men as they mature. BPH rarely causes symptoms before age 40, but half of men in their 60s and as many as 90% older than 70 have symptoms of BPH.
What is the prostate?
The prostate is a walnut sized gland that forms
part of the male reproductive system. The prostate produces the fluid that is expressed during
ejaculation and is located just below the bladder
and in front of the rectum. The prostate also surrounds the u rethra which is the canal through which urine passes out of the bladder.
What is the problem?
Problems can arise as the prostate increases in size. As the prostate enlarges, the gland compresses and constricts against the urethra restricting urine flow like a clamp on a garden hose. As a result, the bladder muscle must work harder to push the urine through the compressed urethra, resulting in a thicker, more muscular bladder. As the bladder becomes smaller in capacity and more irritable, leading to the frequent and urgent need to urinate.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of BPH vary, but the most common symptoms include:
- Weak urinary stream
- Hesitancy or delayed starting
- Increased frequency of urination, especially at night
- Urgency to void, which can progress to leakage
- Possibly bleeding and infection
How is BPH diagnosed?
The diagnosis of BPH is based on both the patients symptoms and physical exam. Often, when BPH is suspected, a man may be referred to an urologish, a doctor who specializes in problems of the urinary tract and the male reproductive system. Various tests and examinations will be performed in the office to accurately evaluate the problem.
What is the treatment for BPH?
About half of men with BPH choose some form of treatment. The type of treatment chosen is based on the prostate size, the level of symptoms,and, most important, the desire of the patient to improve his situation. The urologists of UroPartners are experienced in the diagonsis, evaluation, and management of BPH. Our urologists offer the full range of BPH treatments including medication,the latest proven minimally invasive therapies and surgery. We partner with our patients to select the best option for each individual.
No man is destined to accept the inconvient and life style altering symptoms of BPH as a
part of aging. If you are ready to explore which treatment is right for you, please call our
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Content provided courtesy & permission of the American
Urological Association Foundation, and is current as of 5/2010.
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