If you get up during the night to urinate, you may have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition affecting more than half of men over 50. The board-certified physicians at Pasadena Urological Medical Group specialize in treating BPH, creating personalized care plans that draw from many possible treatments, ranging from medications and in-office procedures to surgery. If you need relief from frequent trips to the bathroom, call the office in Pasadena, California, or book an appointment online today.
BPH is the medical name for an enlarged prostate gland. This condition commonly develops in men as they get older because their prostate gland naturally gets larger throughout their adult life.
Symptoms only appear when your prostate affects the urethra. The urethra, the tube carrying urine out of your body, goes through the middle of the prostate gland. As the gland enlarges, it pinches the urethra and interferes with urine flow.
BPH causes symptoms such as:
In severe cases, BPH increases your risk of developing problems such as bladder stones and urinary tract infections.
Pasadena Urological Medical Group offers many medical and interventional treatment options, including in-office procedures and robotic surgery. A few examples include:
Mild to moderate cases of BPH may improve with medications that relax muscles in your prostate or stop hormones that cause prostate growth.
The Urolift System is an in-office procedure that restores urine flow without removing prostate tissues. Your provider inserts small, painless implants that gently hold the gland away from the urethra.
During TUMT, your provider inserts a narrow device through the penis and gently guides it up the urethra until it reaches the area surrounded by your prostate. Then they send a dose of microwave energy into the gland. The energy heats and destroys the prostate tissue that is blocking the urethra.
Rezūm opens the urethra using radiofrequency (RF) energy and water. As RF energy turns water into steam, the steam gently eliminates the prostate tissue blocking your urine.
TURP removes the parts of the prostate surrounding your urethra. You don’t need an incision because your provider guides the instrument (resectoscope) through the urethra.
The scope holds a tiny camera (so your provider can see the tissues), valves that control irrigating fluid, and an electrical wire loop. The loop cuts the prostate tissues and seals blood vessels, while the irrigating fluid carries the tissues away.
If you have bladder damage, complications, or a very large prostate, your provider may recommend surgery to remove part of the gland. They’re experts in open surgery and minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, including robotic surgery.
If you have signs of BPH, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call Pasadena Urological Medical Group or book online today.