Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or prostate gland enlargement, is common among older men. Since BPH is known for causing uncomfortable symptoms, schedule an evaluation with expert urologists Jeffrey M. Frankel, MD; David C. Reed, MD; or Jeffrey L. Evans, MD. The team of urology experts at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans in Burien, Washington is dedicated to helping you find relief from BPH. Book your evaluation by using the online scheduling system or by calling the clinic.
Your prostate goes through two primary growth periods. The first one occurs during puberty when your prostate doubles in size, while the second one happens in your mid-20s. It often continues to grow from this point on.
But as your prostate gets larger, it can start causing uncomfortable symptoms. When this occurs, you may be diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Having BPH simply means that your prostate is enlarged — it typically does not increase your risk of prostate cancer.
Sometimes. Many men start noticing some changes as BPH progresses — not always, though. For instance, you could have difficulty starting your urine stream, or maintaining it so you can fully empty your bladder. You might also experience some dribbling after urinating, or find that your urge to “go” increases, even though you’re not urinating much. Many men even experience sexual dysfunction.
The symptoms you develop and their severity aren’t determined by the size of your prostate enlargement. Some men with minor BPH have severe issues, while those with greater enlargement have minor issues. Everyone is different, which is why your treatment plan is specifically tailored to you.
If you’re not experiencing symptoms, you probably don’t need to go through treatment. Once BPH starts affecting your urinary or sexual functions, your urologist at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans customizes a treatment plan based on your needs. In most cases, your dedicated urologist starts you out with medication. Medications can help:
If these conservative treatments don’t work, you might need surgery. BPH surgeries may involve removing part of your prostate, using radio waves or transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT) to shrink your prostate, or making small cuts in your prostate to improve urine flow. Your surgical treatment just depends on the severity of your symptoms.
If you’re experiencing symptoms associated with BPH, schedule an exam at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans. Book either through the online scheduling system or over the phone.