Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate, isn’t cancerous but may grow more with time and lead to complications like bladder or kidney damage. If you find yourself with new or worsening urinary symptoms, urologist Robyn Roberts, MD, can evaluate you for BPH at South Land Urology in Kyle, Texas. Request an appointment at South Lake Urology by phone or book online today.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is another term for an enlarged prostate. The enlargement is noncancerous, and the condition is highly common among aging men.
An enlarged prostate tends to cause symptoms affecting urinary function because of your prostate’s proximity to your bladder and urethra. As it gets larger, your prostate gland compresses the bladder and nearby urethra. The symptoms get worse with time and might include:
Oddly, the amount of prostate enlargement doesn’t always correlate with the severity of your symptoms. It’s possible to have BPH with minor symptoms. You should schedule an appointment at South Land Urology if you notice any differences in the way you urinate to confirm a diagnosis and stop the issue from possibly getting worse.
Your prostate serves the function of producing seminal fluid, which it excretes to transport sperm when you ejaculate. BPH does not affect this function; it only affects urination.
Experts aren’t quite sure what causes BPH. For many men, the prostate slowly and naturally gets larger across the lifespan.
Because men whose testicles were removed before puberty do not get BPH, some theories suggest that BPH comes from lowering testosterone levels. The fact that BPH happens with age supports this theory.
At South Land Urology, Dr. Roberts evaluates your enlarged prostate with a questionnaire about your symptoms, an ultrasound imaging test of the bladder, and urine tests. She creates a treatment plan based on your symptoms that may include medication, minimally invasive therapies, or even surgery in severe cases.
Medications for BPH, like alpha blockers, relax muscles around your prostate and bladder to make urination easier. Other medications, like 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, can shrink the enlarged prostate.
Minimally invasive procedures and surgeries use small incisions or none at all. They can relieve symptoms by lifting the prostate gland, destroying prostate cells, or catheterizing your urethra for better urine flow.
If you don’t yet need treatment, Dr. Roberts can monitor your condition over time to see if you need treatment in the future.
BPH happens to a majority of men, and it doesn’t always need treatment. To learn more about the condition and explore treatment options, request an appointment at South Land Urology by phone, or book online today.