Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate, is diagnosed in about 8% of men in their 40s. The risk for BPH increases as you get older, affecting half of men after the age of 60. The physicians at Advanced Urology of South Florida have years of experience treating BPH using nonsurgical and surgical methods, including today’s most advanced treatment options. If you have difficulty urinating or you frequently wake during the night to visit the bathroom, call the office in Delray Beach, Florida, or book an appointment online today.
BPH develops when abnormal cell growth, called hyperplasia, enlarges your prostate gland. The excessive growth is benign (not cancerous), and it doesn’t affect your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Although experts are still studying the cause of BPH, they believe it’s due to age-related hormonal changes.
Your urethra, the tube that carries urine, travels through the center of your prostate. As the prostate gets larger, it can block the flow of urine, leading to symptoms such as:
In some cases, men don’t develop obvious urinary problems until the urethra is blocked and they can’t urinate.
During your physical examination, your doctor at Advanced Urology of South Florida performs a digital rectal exam to assess the size and shape of your prostate.
They may also administer a urinalysis, blood tests, and other specialized tests, depending on the results of your exam. For example, your doctor may do a diagnostic ultrasound or perform urodynamic studies to evaluate the functioning of your bladder and urethra.
For mild to moderate BPH, your doctor may prescribe one of several medications that can relax muscles or shrink your prostate. If your symptoms are moderate to severe and medications don’t help, your doctor may recommend minimally invasive surgery to clear the blockage.
The doctors at Advanced Urology of South Florida always stay up to date with the latest technology. As a result, they’re proud to offer two innovative and effective treatments:
Your doctor inserts tiny implants that eliminate urine blockage by holding the urethra open.
Rezūm also clears the blocked urethra using radiofrequency (RF) energy and water. As RF energy turns water into steam, the steam is injected into the prostate tissue that’s blocking your urine. The treated cells are gently damaged and die, which clears the blockage.
Don’t continue to suffer from difficult urinary symptoms — call Advanced Urology of South Florida or book an appointment online.