BPH Q and A

Learn more about BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)

Q. What is the prostate?

A. The prostate is a gland that sits under a man’s bladder. It is shaped like a donut wrapped around the urethra, a tube that carries urine from the bladder through the penis to the outside of the body. The prostate supplies fluid for semen during ejaculation.

Q.  What is BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)?

A. As a man ages, the prostate may enlarge and presses against the urethra. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. BPH is a chronic progressive condition, which is most often not dangerous as it is NOT a precursor to cancer. However, quality of life may be affected by urinary tract symptoms. If these symptoms become severe and remain untreated, they can cause more serious conditions such as the inability to urinate, urinary tract infections, bladder stones, urinary incontinence, bladder or kidney damage.

Q.  What are the signs of BPH?

  • Weak urinary stream
  • Frequent urination
  • Waking up at night to urinate
  • Sensation of incomplete emptying of the bladder
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Urine stream that starts and stops

Q. How do you diagnose BPH?

A. There is no specific test for prostate enlargement. Your physician will complete a physical exam, which will involve a digital rectal exam. They may also send urine for analysis, a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, and ultrasound analysis of the bladder. Depending on the results, you may need additional testing.

Q. What are the options for treatment?

A. Treatment options depend on your overall health, severity of symptoms and size of prostate. Options include watchful waiting, drug therapy, thermal therapy and surgical interventions, including Holmium laser surgery or non-laser surgery.

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