Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Around half of men over the age of 50 have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), making it a prevalent men’s health issue in the United States today. The board-certified urologists at Urology Associates of Mobile diagnose and treat BPH to relieve symptoms like urinary dysfunction and restore your health.
Questions and Answers
What is BPH?
Also known as an enlarged prostate, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common men’s health condition.
Your prostate goes through two growth phases. The first occurs early in puberty. The second growth phase begins around the age of 25 and doesn’t stop — your prostate continues to grow throughout your life.
As your prostate gets bigger, it can compress your urethra and make your bladder wall thicker. This causes urinary problems like trouble emptying your bladder completely.
What are the Warning Signs of BPH?
Changes in your urination often indicate BPH. For example, some of the common signs of the condition include:
Trouble starting to urinate
Weak urine stream
Dribbling at the end of urination
Waking up at night to urinate
Abnormal urine smell or color
You might also experience urinary retention, which means that you can’t empty your bladder. It’s often painful and can cause severe complications if left untreated.
How is BPH Diagnosed?
If you have BPH symptoms, make an appointment with us right away. Our team uses a physical exam and a variety of tests to identify the condition causing your symptoms. Your doctor might order tests, including:
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing
Your doctor might also use diagnostic tools like post-void residual volume, uroflowmetry, or urodynamic pressure test to assess your urinary function.
How is BPH Treated?
Your doctor provides personalized treatment plans to address BPH. Depending on your condition, they might recommend lifestyle modifications, bladder training, or pelvic floor physical therapy. You might also benefit from medications to stop the growth of your prostate or shrink the gland.
Our team of physicians often recommends UroLift®, which is a tiny implant that holds your urethra open. Your surgeon places UroLift during an outpatient procedure that usually takes less than an hour. You don’t need to take medications, and the procedure doesn’t involve any heating, cutting, or removal of your prostate tissue.
You and your doctor will review all of the potential treatment options so you can make the best choice for your health.
If you’re concerned about BPH, never hesitate to call us. To receive the highest quality of treatment for BPH, schedule an appointment today.