Diagnosing an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH),s often involves ruling out more serious conditions such as kidney stones, bladder cancer or prostate cancer.

Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to determine the symptoms’ cause.

Blood Tests: Blood tests such as the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test may be used to rule out prostate cancer.

Cystoscopy: A thin, flexible tube equipped with a tiny camera is inserted through the urethra, allowing us to see any obstruction.

Digital Rectal Exam (DRE): Your doctor inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into the rectum to feel the prostate. This test allows us to assess the size, shape and consistency of the prostate.

Prostate Symptom Index: Created by the American Urological Association (AUA), this is a simple, eight-question test we ask patients to complete, rating how severe their symptoms are and how much those symptoms have affected their lives.

Urine Flow Study: During this test, the patient urinates into a special device that assesses urination. A reduced flow is a good indication of BPH.

Once we have determined the presence of BPH, we work closely with you to create an individualized treatment plan that meets your medical needs, lifestyle and treatment preferences.

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