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Category Archives: Treatment Options

BPH Treatment Options are Not One Size Fits All

January 20, 2015

When the signs and symptoms of BPH start to affect a man’s life, there is the tendency to jump to conclusions, assume the worst and think surgery is the only option. Luckily, the breadth of BPH treatment options has expanded in the past several decades, with novel approaches available to patients at all stages of their prostatic enlargement. Urologists have expanded their treatment goals to not only alleviate the symptoms of the disease, but also slow the progression of the … Continue reading

Watchful Waiting…A Cop-Out?

August 9, 2014

Some patients visit their urologist after experiencing the symptoms of BPH for  the first time only to be told that they should simply wait and see if the symptoms progress. Some may feel that waiting for symptoms to worsen is unacceptable, but in truth it is the most conservative of therapies and it is a legitimate treatment option.

Determining the Best Course of Action

July 31, 2014

As you discuss BPH treatment options with your urologist, you may find that there are several possible courses of action you can take, based on your unique medical history. It may be hard to choose between those treatments and looking up each option may make it more confusing. You’ll see average rates of effectiveness and retreatment. You’ll see percentages for side effects and risks. What you can’t see is how that affects you individually. After all, each of us is … Continue reading

Can Testosterone Therapy Cause or Worsen BPH?

June 18, 2014

As men age, it is common to encounter both Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, BPH, and low testosterone, known as hypogonadism. Either condition is often disruptive to a man’s life. In an ideal world, both problems would be treated quickly and completely. However, there are concerns over the relationship between testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and the development or worsening of BPH. Concerns center around the fact that testosterone is converted to by the body to dihydotestosterone (DHT), which in turn is known … Continue reading

Does It Hurt?

May 7, 2014

One of the most expressed concerns by patients considering an in-office BPH treatment is whether they will feel any pain during or after the procedure. After all, the prostate is located in a very sensitive area of the body. While most patients report feeling minimal discomfort or pain during treatment and for a few days afterward, every patient is different. The urologist performing the procedure will have oral pain medication and local anesthetic available to patients who are particularly sensitive. … Continue reading

What You Can Do To Minimize The Effects of an Enlarged Prostate

April 6, 2014

With age, many men will become aware of increasingly troublesome urinary issues. These problems are often a result of an enlarged prostate or BPH. It is common to do nothing about their symptoms because they believe that can cope with the discomfort. Others are embarrassed or unwilling to see a physician. Either way, ignoring the symptoms of BPH can cause significantly lower quality of life and increase the chance of more serious medical conditions. It is important to note that … Continue reading

Let’s Make National Prostate Health Month Every Month

November 30, 2013

September was National Prostate Health Month in the United States. However, just because we’re now past September, doesn’t mean we should forget the need to increase awareness of prostatic diseases and conditions. These conditions, including prostate cancer, prostatitis and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), affect a significant number of men each and every year. Many prostate problems – as a result of benign or malignant conditions – present the signs and symptoms of prostatic enlargement. Men should visit their physician or … Continue reading

The Difference Between Treating the Symptoms and the Cause

November 21, 2013

When we discuss treatments for BPH or enlarged prostate we tend to look at a very broad range of options and occasionally ignore one of the most important treatment considerations – does the treatment target the symptoms or the cause of the problem. This differentiation is a very important part of a patient’s discussion with their urologist.

Botox for BPH

November 8, 2013

BOTOX, a revolutionary advancement in wrinkle management, has been a topic of conversation as a treatment for BPH (Enlarged Prostate). BOTOX, also known as botulinum toxin type A, works to eliminate wrinkles by blocking the communication between nerves and muscles. The result is that the affected muscle is essentially paralyzed, improving the aesthetics of wrinkles in the treated area.1 The same theory has been postured for BPH. By possibly weakening some of the muscles in and around the prostate, bothersome … Continue reading

Taking Pills for BPH – Easy, But Not Always Best

October 23, 2013

Let’s face it; as a consumer, it’s easy to take a pill. You may already be taking other pills and this is just one more to add to the rotation. As a urologist, prescribing BPH medication is simple as well. It doesn’t take a lot of time and there is no cost to the clinic. In fact, most of the time, the patient will be satisfied at the initial follow-up visit.  A satisfied patient doesn’t complain.  A satisfied patient needs no additional … Continue reading