4 Fast Facts on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia You Should Know

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Recent statistics reveal that there are around 8 million men who seek treatment for BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia). By and large, this condition actually refers to the non-malignant enlargement of the prostate gland. Men who are above 50 years old are those commonly affected. Dr. Michael G. Wierschem and his team at Collin County Urology are committed to helping this segment of the male population in the early prevention and treatment of BPH.

Below are 4 fast facts you need to know about BPH:

1. As a part of the male reproductive system, the prostate gland is about the size and shape of a walnut, situated below the urinary bladder. Its primary function is to generate fluid for the semen.

2. A man is most likely to develop BPH when he has the following risk factors: lack of physical activity, obesity, increasing age, recurring erectile dysfunction, and family history of the same condition.

3. In evaluating someone for possible BPH, a series of diagnostic exams may be done. A thorough assessment of physical examination and medical history will also be performed by Dr. Wierschem. In assessing the severity of the signs and symptoms, the American Urological Association (AUA) has also developed a BPH Symptom Score Index.

4. The most common symptoms associated with BPH include:

  • difficulty in initiating urination
  • the need to frequently urinate is strong, particularly at night
  • frequent dribbling after urination
  • sensation that the bladder is not emptied yet even after urination

These common symptoms are a result of the prostate increasing in size, consequently blocking the urethra.  While BPH is not strictly life-threatening, the pain and discomfort it brings is enough reason for one to seek treatment. Ignoring its early symptoms could also lead to the development of serious conditions such as irreversible damage to the kidneys and bladder as well as kidney stone formation.

At Collin County Urology, the most minimally invasive treatments are recommended for those with BPH. Visit them today for a personal consultation. You can schedule your visit by calling (972) 403-5425 or by filling out this contact form.

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