BPH Specialists in Scranton & Wilkes-Barre
What is BPH?
Enlarged Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that affects more than 50 percent of men over the age of 60. When it occurs the prostate gland presses against and narrows the urethra making it difficult to urinate. Depending on the symptoms or the severity of one’s benign prostatic hyperplasia, your doctor will prescribe a number of treatment alternatives.
If you suffer from symptoms of an enlarged prostate including difficulty urinating, please schedule an appointment with Riverview Urologic Associates today by calling (570) 288-3601.
What is the Prostate?
The prostate gland is a part of the male reproductive system that produces most of the seminal fluid. A normal prostate is the size of a chestnut and weighs about 20 grams. It is situated below the urinary bladder and surrounds parts of the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to exit the body
What are the Symptoms of BPH?
BPH manifests a variety of symptoms that differ from patient to patient. The narrowing of the urethra causes various urination problems such as:
- Difficulty starting to urinate
- Sudden, recurrent urge to urinate
- Dripping and leaking after urination
- Interrupted, slow or weak urine stream
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Painful, pushing or straining to urinate
- Inability to empty the bladder completely
Sometimes these symptoms can reduce the quality of life to such a great extent that those affected build their daily routines around the condition. They avoid drinking or plan their errands around easy access to toilet facilities. When symptoms are interfering with daily routine, it is highly recommended that patients consult a physician for an effective therapy. If BPH is not treated, it holds considerable risks. Without treatment it can lead to complications such as severe urinary tract infections, urinary retention or even kidney failure.
Treatment Options for BPH
Medication for BPH
Drug therapy is often used to provide relief from symptoms and to help reduce the enlargement of the prostate gland. These are especially helpful where the symptoms are mild, or early in the course of BPH. It is also the first line of treatment for men. There may be side effects and the drugs must be taken regularly for the rest of one’s life. Additionally, the drugs may lose their effectiveness over time.
Surgical BPH Treatments
The use of surgical intervention is recommended to relieve or eliminate symptoms and when symptoms are severe or other options haven’t worked. Procedures include:
- Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) – the most common type of BPH surgery that generally provides long-term relief. This removes large amounts of the obstructive tissue in the prostate and is done under general anesthesia.
- PlasmaButton TURP – It is an innovative advancement to a conventional TURP in which prostate tissue is removed more gently using low temperature plasma energy.
- Cyber Laser Therapy – The powerful Cyber TM thulium laser provides the ideal blend of high-efficiency and effective coagulating effects, making it the most ideal prostate laser instrument available.
- UroLift – The UroLift System is a revolutionary approach to treating BPH that lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. It is the only BPH procedure that does not require cutting, heating or removal of the prostate tissue.
Getting Treated for BPH from Riverview Urologic Associates
Riverview Urologic Associates offers various treatment options for BPH as outlined above. If you are showing symptoms of BPH, contact Riverview Urologic Associates today for a proper diagnosis, and to discuss treatment options that would the optimal solution for you.