According to best Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez, prostate enlargement, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is the most common prostate problem in men aged 50 or above. Prostate enlargement is typically caused by aging and should therefore be monitored on an annual basis.
Although not life threatening, BPH causes discomfort and could lead to more serious conditions such as kidney and prostate cancer. Testosterone accumulates in the prostate and converts into a compound that causes the prostate to grow, resulting in BPH.
Common BPH symptoms include:
- Blood in the urine (usually brought on by straining);
- A feeling that the bladder is not completely empty after urination;
- Frequent urination and/or nocturnal urination;
- Delayed or interrupted urination;
- Weak urine stream;
- Incontinence or leaking;
- Recurrent sudden urges to urinate;
- Burning sensation while urinating;
- Erectile problems;
- Weak ejaculations.
But according to your best Miami urologist, these symptoms can be managed with medications such as Proscar and Avodart (which are FDA approved).
If BPH patients don’t treat their urinary symptoms, they are at risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder stones, incontinence, bladder and even kidney damage. So monitoring your prostate is crucial and managing any irregularities will save you from much discomfort.
One surgical treatment includes removal of the extra prostate tissue. A transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is an invasive procedure that includes the removal of prostate tissue through an incision or directly through the urethra. However, sometimes this procedure needs to be repeated because of the formation of scar tissue or other side effects.
A minimally invasive Laser outpatient procedure is also a great treatment for enlarged prostates. During this therapy, a laser beam is applied to the prostate tissue, which evaporates it within moments, opening the urethra for improved urinary flow. This treatment reduces the patient’s urge to urinate, although some may experience frequent urges for a short while.
General anesthesia is typically used for laser therapy, and the patient normally needs a catheter for about 24 hours. Unlike other prostate procedures, urinary symptoms are relieved faster, and healthy urine flow returns more quickly. The results can last five years or more.
If you feel that you may be suffering from the effects of an enlarged prostate, call the office of best Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez today to schedule a consultation.