Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate, is a common condition that we treat. Though not typically life threatening, BPH may eventually lead to loss of bladder function. However, before this occurs you will typically notice some telltale enlarged prostate symptoms. At our practice in Phoenix, Dr. Mark Hong offers several treatment options for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia symptoms. He provides compassionate and discreet care, and he will carefully determine which of our treatments is right for you. Our advanced, minimal discomfort procedures can provide quick relief from your symptoms.
What Is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?
BPH is a common age-related condition. It occurs when the prostate cells begin to multiply too quickly, forming a non-cancerous growth, which puts pressure on your urethra. The growth will gradually close off this chute, preventing the natural flow of urine and semen. As a result, your bladder will have to push harder to empty itself. In many cases, it may become too sensitive, straining to empty itself even when there is very little urine inside. As the bladder muscles become weaker, they will stop functioning completely. Urine will not be able to leave your body, and you will face an increased risk for urinary tract infection, bladder stones, and hematuria (blood in the urine).
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Symptoms
Before you experience these more serious side effects of BPH, you will typically notice several symptoms of the condition. The most common is a frequent need to urinate. At first, you may notice this primarily when you are asleep. Like many men, you may find that you need to get up several times during the night. However, eventually, this symptom will affect your daytime routine, as well. In many cases, you may feel an urgent need to urinate, even if you have just been to the restroom. Other common symptoms of an enlarged prostate include:
- A slow stream or a sporadic trickle of urine
- Pushing to urinate
- The feeling that you cannot empty your bladder fully
- Wetting the bed
- Urgent need to urinate
Do Not Ignore the Symptoms of BPH
In the early stages of an enlarged prostate, you may not need treatment right away. Nevertheless, you should never ignore the symptoms. First, difficulty urinating can also be a sign of prostate cancer. Although BPH is much more common, it is still important to undergo treatment and ensure that you do not have this more serious condition. Second, if left unmonitored and untreated, BPH may eventually lead to a complete loss of bladder function. In severe cases, it could even cause lasting kidney damage. Rest assured that, when your urologist is keeping an eye on your condition, these long-term effects are rare. Finally, by alleviating your symptoms, you can greatly improve your quality of life. BPH can cause significant embarrassment, and it can keep you from enjoying the activities you love. Our state-of-the-art procedures can alleviate your discomfort and get you back to your normal, active life.
Find Relief from Your Symptoms Today
If you are suffering from the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hong today. We are ready to provide the respectful, compassionate care you deserve.