Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
What is benign prostatic hyperplasia?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous condition of having an enlarged prostate which has led to obstructive and/or overactive urinary symptoms. It can also lead to other health conditions such as blood in the urine, recurrent urinary tract infections, poor bladder emptying, or bladder stone formation.
What are the causes?
The prostate gland is beneath the bladder and the tube that transports urine from the bladder to the urethra passes through the middle of the prostate. When the prostate enlarges, urine flow can become blocked. A majority of men have continued prostate growth as they age. This growth may or may not be large enough to block urine flow. Changes in the balance of sex hormones as men age can contribute to this condition, but the exact cause is unknown.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of BPH will tend to get worse over time, so it is very important to seek professional medical help early on. You may experience:
- An inability to completely empty your bladder
- An urgent and frequent need to urinate, especially at night
- Trouble starting to urinate
- A weak stream of urine or a stream that will stop and start
- Dribbling as you finish urination
A urinary tract infection (UTI), kidney problems, blood in your urine or an inability to urinate are some of the less common symptoms, but they may occur. Risk factors for benign prostatic hyperplasia include age (men ages 60-80), heart disease, diabetes, family history and lifestyle choices that are linked with obesity.
Treatments in Torrance, California
BPH can be treated with medication, a minimally invasive office procedure (such as TURP), or surgery. To be properly diagnosed by a urologist, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shelby Morrisroe. Dr. Morrisroe can also provide the best treatment option for you. To get started, fill out our online scheduling form or give us a call at (310) 542-0199.Schedule
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