Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is the common name for a condition marked by an increase in size of the prostate gland in middle-aged and elderly men. This enlargement can often completely or partially obstruct the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder out of the body, causing difficult urination.
Symptoms of BPH
BPH can cause urinary problems such as:
- Trouble starting and completely stopping a urine stream.
- Often feeling the need to urination.
- Weak urine stream.
- A sense that your bladder is not completely empty after urination.
This urine retention caused by the blockage can lead to bladder infections, kidney stones, or possible kidney damage.
Testing for BPH
In order to begin to treat BPH, we first need to discover if this is the cause of your issues. To do this we will ask you about your symptoms and past health followed up by a physical exam. A digital exam, blood tests and ultrasound are the typical ways we at Philadelphia Urology Associates would determine whether it's BPH, although there are some other methods including a digital rectal exam.
Treating BPH is dependent on the severity of your symptoms and if there are other factors at play such as kidney stones or urine retention. Treatment can include small lifestyle changes and watchful waiting for mild symptom, or your doctor may introduce medication to help relieve moderate symptoms. If you continue to experience discomfort or a more aggressive treatment is necessary, minimally invasive surgery may be the best option.
If BPH is affecting the quality of your life, be sure to set up an appointment with us today. However, in the mean time, here are some things to help reduce your symptoms:
- Do not rush your urination. Try your best to relax.
- Spread out your fluid intake throughout the day and limit your fluid intake in the evening if you often wake up during the night to urinate.
- If possible, avoid medication that could be making your symptoms worse.
At Philadelphia Urology Associates, we will find the treatment that is right for your symptoms whether it is only small lifestyle changes, medication, or the minimally invasive surgery. We’re here with you every step of the way.