Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Overview

It should be noted that all physicians in our office provide treatments for BPH. Our doctors offer the latest treatments in the area of BPH. As you know, many male patients begin to have urinary problems in their 40s and 50s.

This will give you a good overview of the condition BPH, general ideas about treatments, and then you may read about the treatments we offer at Florida Urology Associates. We offer the latest minimally invasive microwave treatments like the Thermatrix or the Prolieve and click on urology/patient education. We also provide TUNA which can also be performed in the office with minimal discomfort and rapid resumption of normal activities. Another exciting treatment we offer in the operating room is the green light laser (PVP) which this treatment allows for rapid removal of the urinary catheter after a short general anesthetic. After you have read about these treatments we suggest you make an appointment with your physician so you can discuss whether these treatments are appropriate for you.

Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia BPH (Enlarged Prostate)

If you are experiencing any one of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from a common condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate. Common symptoms associated with BPH include:

  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Sudden need to urinate
  • Interrupted sleep to urinate at night
  • Weak, variable, or dribbling stream
  • Need to strain or push bladder to urinate
  • Difficulty beginning urination
  • Pain or burning during urination

If you are experiencing urinary discomfort, please call our office and schedule and appointment.

Prepare for your Physician Visit

If you have problems urinating, you should consult a urologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. If the FUA Tea, suspects benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), she/he will probably follow the American Urological Association (AUA) symptom index to diagnose the severity of BPH. Before recommending a treatment plan, your physician may perform a series of tests to diagnose your condition. The most common tests include:

Urine Flow Study: The patient is asked to urinate into a device that measures urine flow rates. A slow flow may suggest BPH.

Cystoscopy: The doctor inserts a small tube through the opening of the penis that allows the doctor to view the urethra and bladder and evaluate any obstruction.

Ultrasound: In order to rule out the possibility of cancer, your doctor may recommend a rectal ultrasound. A probe is inserted into the rectum, which creates sound waves and forms an image of the prostate on a display screen.

Rectal Exam: The doctor will insert a gloved finger into the rectum in order to determine the size and condition of the prostate.