What Are Your Treatment Options for an Enlarged Prostate?
Prevention & Treatment If you’re losing sleep over the symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia, you are not alone—1 in 4 men show symptoms by age 55, and a total of 37 million men in the U.S. can relate.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that surrounds the urethra, the passageway that drains urine from the body and produces fluid for semen. When the enlarged prostate presses on and blocks the urethra, it causes bothersome urinary symptoms.
BPH severely impacts quality of life and can cause loss of sleep and productivity, depression and overall decreased quality of life for the man and his spouse.
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There are a variety of ways men can receive treatment for BPH, including medication and surgery. Some men find that medication can be inadequate and temporary, with side effects such as sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches, prompting many patients to quit using the drugs.
"BPH severely impacts quality of life and can cause loss of sleep and productivity, depression and overall decreased quality of life."
Similarly, current surgical options such as Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) can be very effective in relieving symptoms, but can also leave patients with permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
Recently, the FDA cleared a new treatment option known as the UroLift System. This new procedure is a minimally invasive option that involves no cutting, heating, or removal of prostate tissue. Clinical data show that patients experience immediate results, rapid symptom relief and a quick recovery, returning to their normal routines with minimal downtime.
I decided to pursue therapy for my BPH when my getting up at night reached three or four times, and it started to interrupt my sleep. Because of my experience in research and as a urologist, I knew what all my options were. I knew my surgical options, my medical options and I chose the UroLift procedure. One of the benefits of the UroLift procedure is that, unlike any of the other therapies for BPH, there are no sexual side effects.
The procedure has allowed me to regain his quality of life. It's been about four and a half months since I had the UroLift procedure. To this point, I am still without symptoms. I am still sleeping through the night. I have no urgency, no frequency, and I'm thoroughly satisfied with the results.