Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common problem affecting men as they age. It may affect normal urination so you make numerous trips to the bathroom throughout the day and night. The experienced urology team at Pikes Peak Urology in Colorado Springs, Colorado, offers many medical and surgical therapies to treat BPH and alleviate its symptoms. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or use the online booking tool.
BPH is the medical term that describes an enlarged prostate, which develops from the benign growth or swelling of the prostate that occurs over time. Your urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from your bladder and out of your body, passes through your prostate. When your prostate enlarges, it presses on the urethra, obstructing the flow of urine.
Your BPH symptoms often affect urination. As your prostate enlarges, you may find yourself needing to urinate every 1-2 hours, even during the night.
Other BPH symptoms include:
Your BPH may even make it impossible for you to void at all, which is an urgent issue that requires immediate medical attention.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, the team at Pikes Peak Urology offers many treatment options to alleviate your discomfort and improve your quality of life.
Medical treatment for BPH at Pikes Peak Urology includes various prescription medications to alleviate mild-to-moderate urinary symptoms.
Medical treatments include:
Alpha blockers help relax the muscular portion of your prostate, which makes it easier to void and empty your bladder completely. For many men, use of alpha blockers decreases both urgency and the risk of urinary infections.
The 5-alpha reductase inhibitors are medications that block the production of the hormone that causes prostate growth. The team uses this medication to help reduce overall prostate size and allow more effective urination.
Though these medications alleviate your BPH symptoms, they’re not a permanent solution, and as your disease progresses, medications may no longer be an effective treatment.
When medications no longer alleviate your BPH symptoms, the team may suggest surgical treatments. Pikes Peak Urology uses the newest technology available for surgical treatment of BPH, including button vaporizing electrode or laser ablation.
Pikes Peak Urology also offers the UroLiftⓇ procedure for urinary symptoms related to BPH. For this treatment, your urologist places retractors to hold the prostate lobes apart so they no longer block urine flow through the urethra.
For extreme prostatic enlargement, the surgeons offer advanced minimally invasive robotic techniques to remove the benign part of the prostate, leaving behind the remainder of the gland.
To discuss your BPH treatment options, contact Pikes Peak Urology by phone or through the online tool.