Senior Consultant Urologist, Laparoscopic, Pelvic & Oncosurgeon
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also called prostate gland enlargement, is a common condition as men get older. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It can also cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.
What is best treatment for BPH?
Medication is the most common treatment for mild to moderate symptoms of prostate enlargement. The options include: Alpha blockers. These medications relax bladder neck muscles and muscle fibers in the prostate, making urination easier.
Is BPH a serious problem?
BPH is not life-threatening, but it can be bothersome. There are also some complications that can occur. These include: Inability to urinate.
What is an early symptom of BPH?
Good candidates include men who have taken BPH medication that did not work or men with the following symptoms: Weak stream of urine. Straining to start to pass urine. Urinary tract obstruction, bladder stones and/or blood in your urine.
How is BPH diagnosed?
Other tests such as urine flow study, digital rectal exam, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, cystoscopy, ultrasound or prostate MRI may be used to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for BPH may depend on the severity of the symptoms and range from no treatment to medication or surgery.
Can an enlarged prostate go back to normal?
Can an Enlarged Prostate Be Cured? For most patients, BPH (enlarged prostate) is curable. Some people see a significant reduction in symptoms with medication alone. If medicine does not work, or your prostate is too large, surgery will often remove enough of the prostate to provide you with relief.
Is BPH curable?
Because BPH cannot be cured, the treatment focuses on reducing the symptoms. The treatment is based on how severe the symptoms are, how much they bother the patient and whether there are complications. The more irritating the symptoms are, the more aggressive treatment should be.
What is the fastest way to shrink an enlarged prostate?
You can take alpha-blockers such as terazosin (Hytrin) or tamsulosin (Flomax) to help relax the prostate and bladder muscles. You can also take dutasteride (Avodart) or finasteride (Proscar), a different kind of medication for reducing BPH symptoms. These block the hormones that cause the prostate to grow.
What will a urologist do for enlarged prostate?
The urologist can remove all or part of the prostate through the incision. This surgery is used most often when the prostate is greatly enlarged, complications occur, or the bladder is damaged and needs repair.
What natural product shrinks the prostate?
Pumpkin seeds: These and pumpkin seed oil extract seem to help with BPH symptoms and may shrink the size of the prostate. It may also be helpful when used along with other supplements such as saw palmetto.
What is the latest treatment for enlarged prostate 2022?
Entadfi is expected to be available in early 2022. Credit: Getty Images. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Entadfi (finasteride and tadalafil) for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate for up to 26 weeks.
What is the main cause of prostate enlargement?
The cause of prostate enlargement is unknown, but it's believed to be linked to hormonal changes as a man gets older. The balance of hormones in your body changes as you get older and this may cause your prostate gland to grow.