The urologists at Urology Associates care for patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy, otherwise known as an enlarged prostate.
BPH is very common among men, especially over the age of 50. In fact, around 50% of men between the ages of 51-60 have BPH. It is estimated that 90% of men over the age of 80 have some sort of BPH. Thus, BPH is one of the most common conditions affecting men.
The prostate is a male organ located just beneath the bladder. It helps produce the seminal fluid that nurtures and helps transport sperm out of the body with ejaculation. The prostate also helps control urination. The urethra, a tube that transports urine from the bladder out through the penis, passes directly through the center of the prostate. A normal prostate is oval shaped and is about 4cm thick.
The prostate grows and is dependent on hormones, specifically dihydrotestosterone. Prostate growth is normal and expected during the male aging process. However, excessive prostate growth can cause urinary symptoms that may negatively impact a man’s quality of life.
Due to its anatomical location, an enlarged prostate can obstruct the urine as it leaves the bladder, causing urinary symptoms. Urinary symptoms can vary but often include:
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There are a wide variety of treatments that our team may use to treat your BPH. Treatment methods depend on severity of condition and response to past therapies. If symptoms are mild, they may be monitored closely without therapy on an annual basis.
Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP) is a procedure performed to relieve urinary symptoms due to enlargement of the prostate (BPH).
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a procedure used to heal urinary troubles stemming from an enlarged prostate (BPH).
Our physicians are experienced in treating the complete range of urologic conditions and diseases, from kidney stones and sexual dysfunction to prostate cancer, incontinence and infertility.