Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Prostate enlargement, or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common problem in men over age 50. Pressure from the enlarged prostate can cause urinary urgency, frequent urination, and leakage. Depending on the severity of symptoms our urologists have a variety of options:
If hyperplasia is not too pronounced, medication can be used to treat the symptoms.
- Alpha blockers facilitate urination by relaxing muscles in the prostate and bladder.
- 5 alpha reductase inhibitors shrink the prostate by blocking the hormonal changes that cause prostate growth.
- Anti-cholinergics reduce urgency and frequency of urination.
Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)
For this minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon inserts a scope through the urethra and uses electricity to remove excess tissue.
Transurethral Incision of the Prostate (TUIP)
Rather than removing excess prostate tissue, this procedure involves making incisions in the prostate, next to the bladder, to relax the bladder and make urination easier.
In this minimally invasive procedure, a small fiber is inserted into the urethra. The fiber delivers high-powered laser energy to the prostate, causing the enlarged tissue to dissolve or vaporize.
Surgical removal of the prostate with the da Vinci® SI robotic system is an option for most patients. Robotic-assisted surgery is minimally invasive and typically results in less blood loss, less scarring and faster recovery. Most patients are discharged the day after surgery with very little pain.
The UroLift® System is a simple device that is used to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). If a man has this condition, Urolift may be a solution for him.
(Watch this short video to learn more about the Urolift procedure)