Enlarged Prostate/BPH Treatment May Be Easier Than You Think

Enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition affecting millions of American men. “An estimated 50 percent of menages 60 and older and 90 percent of men ages 70 and older suffer from this painful, sometimes embarrassing, disease,” Jonathan Seidlin, M.D., explains.

“As common as BPH is, it is surprising that only about 25 percent of men will receive BPH treatment by 80 years of age.” But Advanced Urology of Denver, Colorado, makes treating your enlarged prostate easier than ever with treatments ranging from medication to minimally invasive laser therapy.

Enlarged Prostate/BPH Treatment

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

“Enlarged Prostate/BPH is highly treatable and many options are available,” Michael Glass, M.D., explains. The main goal of treatment is to shrink the prostate gland and return urine flow to normal.

“Once the team at Advanced Urology has diagnosed BPH,” Dr. Glass says. “We create an individualized treatment plan based on your symptoms and the size of your prostate, your lifestyle and your opinions.”

The BPH treatment plan may include one or more of the following:

  • Alpha Blockers: medications used to relax the muscles around the prostate and bladder; this treatment usually works within one to two days.
  • 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors: medications used to shrink the prostate by preventing hormonal changes that cause the prostate to grow; treatment usually takes about three months to take effect.
  • Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy (TUMT): a minimally invasive laser surgery that destroys the tissue blocking urine flow; this treatment is offered right in the Advanced Urology office using topical anesthesia.
  • Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP): a minimally invasive surgery (considered the gold standard) in which the section of the prostate affecting urine flow is removed; this treatment requires hospitalization.
  • Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP or TIP): a minimally invasive outpatient surgery (patients go home the same day) in which incisions are created in the prostate where it meets the bladder; this relaxes the bladder, increasing urine throughput. This procedure is offered for small obstructive prostates, typically affecting younger men.
  • GreenLight™ XPS Laser Therapy: a minimally invasive surgery that uses a laser to vaporize tissue and create a channel to allow urination to occur freely; Advanced Urology’s Dr. Ali Sarram was the first in Denver and Colorado to perform this therapy in October 2010.

About Enlarged Prostate/BPH

  • BPH symptoms include: blood in urine, frequent urination, dribbling after urination, feeling that the bladder is not emptied, weak or hesitant flow, pushing or straining to begin urination or sudden need to urinate.
  • The size of your prostate does not necessarily indicate the severity of symptoms. Some men with just slightly enlarged prostates have severe BPH symptoms and visa versa. Treatment is not always necessary, but if urination problems are problematic, seeking help is crucial. Untreated BPH can lead to other, serious complications, such as urinary tract infections, bladder stones and kidney damage.
  • The cause of BPH is unknown, but is thought to be related to hormonal changes that occur naturally as part of the aging process.
  • The Advanced Urology team diagnoses BPH through one or more of the following: blood tests, cystoscopy, digital rectal exam (DRE), prostate symptom index, urine flow study.
  • Once diagnosed, your physician will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.

Don’t let BPH rule your life—let us help you take control! Request an appointment with one of the experts at Advanced Urology to find out how easy it can be to be freed from BPH.