Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Kasraeian Urology

Urology located in Jacksonville, FL & Jacksonville Beach, FL

If you’re a man over 50 and you’re suffering from uncomfortable and embarrassing urinary symptoms, you could have a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia — BPH. It’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re having difficulty urinating, urinating more than eight times a day, or urinary incontinence. The caring team at Kasraeian Urology can diagnose and treat BPH so it won’t interfere with your quality of life. Kasraeian Urology has two clinics in Jacksonville, Florida, and one in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Call the clinic nearest you to make an appointment today.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Q & A

What’s BPH?

As men age, their prostate gland naturally grows larger. This enlargement isn’t usually a cause for concern, but in some cases, the gland can become large enough to cause urinary symptoms. When this happens, the condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia — BPH.

BPH isn’t malignant, and having the condition doesn’t increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.

What are the symptoms of BPH?

Your prostate gland surrounds your urethra, the tube through which urine exits your body. When the gland becomes overly enlarged, it can squeeze the urethra, creating problems with urination.

Common symptoms of BPH in its early stages include:

  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Straining or pushing during urination
  • A weak urine stream
  • Needing to stop and start to complete urination
  • Dribbling after urination

Left untreated, your prostate will continue to grow, and your bladder will have to work harder to push your urine through your urinary tract, eventually causing the muscles of your bladder to become weak. This results in additional symptoms like:

  • A sudden, strong urge to urinate, called urinary urgency
  • Frequent urination (eight times or more a day)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Frequently getting up at night to urinate
  • Urinating, then feeling like your bladder is still full

Severe cases of untreated BPH can cause complications like urinary tract infections, inability to control your urination, or blockage that causes infrequent urination or prevents you from urinating at all.

How’s BPH treated?

How the expert physicians at Kasraeian Urology treat your BPH depends on the severity of your symptoms and other individual factors. Your provider can recommend a combination of options to address your condition. These include:

  • Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and some over-the-counter medications
  • Taking prescription muscle relaxants
  • Taking prescription medicines to shrink the prostate gland
  • Aquablation® therapy
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Traditional open surgery
  • UroLift

The team at Kasraeian Urology are expert surgeons with extensive experience performing all types of procedures to address BPH. Minimally invasive procedures like Aquablation have positive outcomes for many patients, with less pain, scarring, and recovery time than traditional surgery.

If you’re having difficulty urinating, it’s important to discuss your symptoms with a compassionate, knowledgeable physician. To schedule a consultation at Kasraeian Urology, call the clinic nearest you.