There are a number of treatment options available for you if you have been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This common condition affects almost half of men in their 50s and most men by 80 years old. There have been many advancements over the years regarding BPH, so there are a variety of medication and therapies that are minimally invasive used to pinpoint symptoms or problems.
At Comprehensive Urology, our Beverly Hills urologists have advanced knowledge and experience regarding different therapies for BPH. These treatment options are extensive and customized for each patient to reach optimal outcomes. To learn more about how we can help you, schedule an appointment by contacting our Beverly Hills urologists at (310) 499-2756.
Assess Your BPH Symptoms
Bladder or urinary obstruction are the most common symptoms correlated with BPH. Difficulty with urination can result from prostate enlargement since this leads to the urethra that runs through the gland becoming compressed. Additional symptoms that men may suffer include increased urgency for urination, urinary frequency interrupting sleep, urinary incontinence, and a sense that the bladder has not completely been emptied.
Diet changes or medication can treat early symptoms of BPH, but overtime this condition has the potential to lead to very serious complications. These can include bladder dysfunction, obstruction of the kidneys, and recurrent urinary tract infections.
Consequentially, it is crucial to understand your symptoms and to familiarize yourself to any changes in your condition. In order to achieve the best treatment plan for you, consult with a highly experienced urologist who can analyze your symptoms and the degree of discomfort they cause you.
Minimally Invasive BPH Therapies
According to a lot of patients with an enlarged prostate, BPH medication declines in effectiveness overtime. Since there are patients who might want to attempt alternatives to invasive surgery, there are a few minimally invasive therapies accessible to those who are suffering urinary symptoms. The following are minimally invasive therapies that our urologists perform on a typical basis:
Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNA)
Low-level frequency radio waves are used through the process of inserting a tiny needle into the prostate. These radio waves damage and remove the section of the prostate that compresses the urinary tract.
Transurethral Microwave Therapy (TUMT)
Microwave energy is used to heat the prostate gland, resulting it to shrink and provide bladder obstruction relief.
BPH Surgery Options For Men
Surgery may be the most effective option if pharmaceutical and alternative therapies are not providing enough relief. BPH surgery allows the creation of a larger urinary channel in the prostate which will ease urinary symptoms. The following are surgical treatment options:
Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)
This method does not require any skin incision which makes it not only minimally invasive but the most effective BPH treatment option. For prostate treatment, it is known for being the gold standard. The procedure process includes using a flexible endoscopic instrument which is equipped with an electrical blade then inserted into the urethra. This blade shaves away small pieces of the prostate gland and seals blood vessels, resulting in a urinary channel that is larger. Within a few days of TURP, patients experience a highly increased improvement of their urinary symptoms.
Transurethral Plasma Vaporization and Resection (TURiP)
This is a procedure very similar to a TURP, but it is newer and allows the prostate tissue to vaporize in addition to resection. When combined with TURP, it reduces complication risks.
During this procedure, a small incision in the abdomen is made along with removal of prostate tissue, which results in the outside of the gland being in tact. This procedure is mostly used for patients with very large prostates and can be increasingly effective for urinary obstruction treatment.
Contact a Board Certified Los Angeles Urologist
Since there are a variety of options available to you for BPH treatment, we highly recommend consulting with an experienced urologist to effectively determine how to treat your urinary symptoms. At Comprehensive Urology, we have urologists certified by the American Board of Urology who specialize in urological conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). We offer advanced procedures for BPH and effectively reach optimal results for our patients.
For more information on BPH treatment, schedule a consultation by contacting our Beverly Hills urologists at (310) 499-2756 or by filling out our form.