BPH Treatment in Palm Harbor, FL
What Is BPH?
As men age, it is very common for their prostate to continue growing larger, which will often cause issues between age 50 and 60, and beyond.
An enlarged prostate is medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. This condition describes a prostate that has grown large enough to exceed its natural boundaries and begin to push down on the urethra.
Common Symptoms of BPH
This added pressure typically results in problems of the urinary system such as:
- A frequent and powerful urge to urinate
- Straining during urination
- Accidental release of urine (urinary incontinence)
- A weak stream of urine
- Trouble starting to urinate
- Stopping and starting the flow of urine several times when urinating
- A constant feeling of fullness in the bladder
- Presence of blood in the urine
- Recurring urinary tract infections
To contact Paul Arnold, MD about your intense urinary discomfort, please request an appointment right away. In extreme circumstances, the urethra can become totally blocked, which will cause severe complications if not treated as soon as possible.
Why BPH Treatment Is Important
Many men will continue to muddle through their symptoms and adjust their life accordingly. This often means taking more bathroom breaks, especially all throughout the night.
Not only does this ruin your chances of getting a good night’s rest, but it can also have negative effects on your overall health since BPH can quickly lead to a bladder infection or kidney damage. BPH can also impair your overall quality of life, as you will likely miss many moments while running back and forth to the bathroom.
The best way to take full advantage of your life is to discuss your symptoms with Dr. Arnold to determine which course of treatment will be best for you and your unique case of BPH.
A Variety of Treatment Options
For many years a transurethral resection of the prostate has been the standard for treating issues of an enlarged prostate. While this surgery is still very suitable for this purpose, advanced technologies have made it possible for less invasive options to become just as effective.
Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE)
The overall goal of this procedure is to reduce blood flow to the prostate, which will gradually decrease its size. This is achieved by accessing the patient’s arterial system through a tiny catheter that injects an embolic fluid into the appropriate arteries to begin partially blocking the blood traveling to the prostate.
This procedure is especially recent, as it was approved by the FDA in 2015 for use in the treatment of BPH. The Rezūm System utilizes water vapor to break up lesions in the tissue of the prostate. With these lesions now broken apart, the urinary channel no longer has formations of tissue pressing upon it, and is able to easily pass urine once again.