Prostate Enlargement (BPH)
BPH (Enlarged Prostate): What You Should Know
Did you know that the prostate continues to grow as a man gets older? That’s why it’s fairly common for many men over 50 years old to experience an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). You may be dealing with an enlarged prostate if you are experiencing any of these symptoms,
- Delayed urination
- A weak stream
- Trouble fully emptying the bladder
- A stream that starts and stops
- Dripping after you’ve finished urinating
- Nocturia (needing to urinate more at night)
- Increased urgency
If you are experiencing any of these urinary issues and you are a man 50 years old or older then you could be dealing with BPH. This is when turning to our Hollywood, FL, urologist Dr. Jonathan Masel and his team can help improve your symptoms. There are a variety of ways to manage your symptoms, and the type of treatment recommended to you will depend on certain factors including your age, the symptoms you’re experiencing and how enlarged the prostate is. Common treatment options for BPH include,
Lifestyle changes: there are simple changes that you can make to control your symptoms. Some of these changes include limiting drinks in the evening, staying active, reducing alcohol and caffeine consumption, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Medications: this is usually the first line of defense against BPH symptoms because this is a minimally invasive treatment option that doesn’t require surgery. Discuss potential side effects with your urologist before starting any new medications. Common types of medications for BPH include alpha-blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.
Laser therapy: this procedure, performed under anesthesia, involves using a laser to remove prostate tissue. Laser therapy may be ideal for those who need to undergo surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia but want to avoid the longer recovery process involved with traditional surgery.
Surgery: our urologist may recommend surgery if your symptoms of BPH aren’t responding to nonsurgical treatment options, or your symptoms are severe. Common BPH surgeries include transurethral resection of the prostate, transurethral incision of the prostate and transurethral microwave thermotherapy.