Alexandria Urology Associates
Urologists located in Alexandria, LA & Oakdale, LA
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition in older men and can create problems in your bladder, urinary tract, and kidneys. James Richey, MD, and Lance Templeton, MD, of Alexandria Urology Associates have helped many men in Alexandria and Oakdale, Louisiana, find relief from the symptoms of BPH. Learn more about your treatment options during a face-to-face consultation. Booking takes just moments online or over the phone.
BPH Q & A
What is BPH?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition in men over 45. In fact, by the age of 70, more than 70% of men will experience BPH.
The condition is also known as prostate gland enlargement. Having an enlarged prostate is the central characteristic of the problem. These changes are a normal part of growing older, but they can create challenging symptoms.
How do I know if I have BPH?
Knowing what to look for can help you determine when it’s time to see a doctor for an enlarged prostate. Some common symptoms include:
- Frequent need to urinate
- Weak urine stream
- Stopping and starting while urinating
- Dribbling when finishing urination
- Inability to fully empty your bladder
- Increased need to urinate at night
Without treatment, BPH can cause complications that include:
- Bladder irritation and discomfort
- Bladder infection
- Loss of bladder control
- Blood in your urine
- Full urethra blockage and an inability to urinate
Not all men share the same experience of BPH symptoms. If you notice any changes in your urinary habits, it’s a good idea to schedule a diagnostic exam. These symptoms can also indicate a urinary tract infection, bladder or kidney stones, prostate inflammation, or prostate cancer.
What treatments can help BPH?
Medications can help treat BPH. Some drugs work by relaxing muscles in your bladder neck and prostate. Others shrink your prostate or alter your hormonal balance. A combination of drugs is a common approach, and it might take time to find the drug therapy that’s best for you.
Surgery can be a good option for men who have severe symptoms or for whom medication hasn’t proven effective. Part or all of your prostate can be removed. Treatments are available that destroy the portion of your enlarged prostate that is interfering with urination. Minimally invasive options are available that don’t require extensive downtime.
A procedure called UroLiftⓇ uses tiny implants to lift and hold enlarged prostate tissue. This treatment restores normal urinary function without the use of drugs or invasive surgery. ThermoTherapy™ uses heat to reduce the size of excess prostate tissue and doesn’t require anesthesia or extensive downtime.
If you’re ready to come in for a prostate screening or a discussion of BPH treatments, call the office to set up your visit today. Online booking is also available, making it easy to find a time that fits your busy life.
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