Over 17 million American men are affected by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate. It has been estimated that half of all men between the ages of 50 and 80 have BPH and that as much as 80% of men aged 80 and older live with this condition. Having an enlarged prostate does not mean you have a higher risk for prostate cancer. This is good news. However, there is a risk that BPH could have complications.
Complications of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
BPH is not a life-threatening disease, but it is a condition that could threaten a man’s lifestyle and overall sense of wellness, even if it doesn’t cause complications. In some cases, the exaggerated size of the prostate blocks the urethra. The urethra is the tube-like structure that spans from the bladder, through the prostate, to the penis. If the urethra gets blocked by the prostate gland, a man may develop:
- Acute urinary retention. The blockage of the urethra completely disables a man’s ability to urinate. The bladder will need to be drained with a catheter.
- Chronic urinary retention. Partial obstruction of the urethra inhibits the full emptying of the bladder. Urine retention over an extended period could lead to kidney damage.
- Urinary tract infection. The retention of urine in the bladder may invite bacterial accumulation which leads to a painful infection.
- Bladder infections and bladder stones may also develop if urine retention is not detected and managed.
Treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Just Got Easier
Historically, BPH has been managed with medications or minimally invasive treatments such as microwave or high-frequency ablation. These modalities can improve symptoms but do not cure the enlarged prostate. Transurethral surgery has also been a common consideration for cases of BPH in which symptoms did not improve with other therapies. In our Plano office, men may now choose Prolieve® therapy for enlarged prostate.
Prolieve® heats and dilates the urethra simultaneously via a small catheter. During treatment, controlled microwave energy is transmitted through the probe to heat the prostate gland, causing tissue to contract and the prostate to shrink. Then, a tiny balloon within the catheter will slowly inflate inside the urethra near the prostate while water continually circulates through both structures. Microwave heating is carefully controlled and observed on the device monitor, and the system shuts off automatically if tissue surrounding the prostate reaches a specific temperature. Normal activities can be resumed shortly after treatment.
We are proud to offer the latest therapies for enlarged prostate and other urologic conditions. For more information on your treatment options, call our Plano office at (972) 403-5425.This entry was posted in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Bookmark the permalink.
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