The prostate gland sits below the bladder, surrounding the urethra, the tube that delivers urine for elimination. It’s common, over time, for the prostate to grow, and it can obstruct the urethra and cause changes to the bladder.
It’s called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and about half of all men will have it by the age of 75. By the time they reach 80, up to 30% may require treatment for severe symptoms. Since the prostate supplies some fluids that comprise semen, t. The ability to ejaculate could be at risk.
Sexual medicine and urology specialist Joshua R. Gonzalez, MD, recommends the UroLift® System for his patients who need treatment for BPH. It’s the only treatment that doesn’t require cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue.
The prostate typically continues to grow over most men’s lives. While the reasons for this aren’t completely understood, researchers suspect it’s related to changes in hormone levels. While BPH may cause problems with urination for some men with the condition, symptoms aren’t inevitable.
Age is the biggest risk factor affecting BPH, though genetics often play a role. If your brother or father has an enlarged prostate, your chances are higher too. Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity also increase your risk.
Without treatment, BPH can cause health complications. These include:
When these symptoms become severe, there are surgical techniques to alter or remove prostate tissue. There’s a risk that your sexual function could be affected after these surgeries.
The UroLift system uses implants that insert into each side of the prostate and pull its tissue together away from the channel through which the urethra passes. This increased space removes pressure on the urethra, permitting normal urination conditions.
UroLift represents a minimally invasive outpatient approach that’s easy to perform and offers a range of advantages over other surgical procedures. These benefits include:
You may experience pain, burning, or blood in your urine after UroLift treatment, but these symptoms usually disappear within a month.
Find out if you’re a candidate for UroLift treatment by consulting with Dr. Gonzalez. You can reach our office by phone or online to schedule an appointment. This could be the BPH answer you need, so book your appointment today.