Benign Prostate Hyperplasia Treatment

What is benign prostatic or prostate hyperplasia otherwise know as BPH?

BPH or benign prostate hyperplasia is simply a term used to describe the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland in men. It is a common occurrence developing in men from the age of 55 years onwards. By the age of 70, almost 80% of men suffer from symptoms related to BPH or benign prostate hyperplasia.

The symptoms of BPH or benign prostate hyperplasia include the following:

  • Frequent urination particularly at night (nocturia)
  • Hesitancy
  • Interrupted urinary stream
  • Urgency in need to pass urine
  • Urinary incontinence (leaking)

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia Treatment includes the following:

  • Conservative benign prostate hyperplasia treatment with oral medication given to you by your urologist
  • Surgical treatment of BPH or benign prostate hyperplasia includes
    • Removal of part of the prostate by inserting a flexible steel camera into the urethra and removing the prostate from inside
    • Open surgery where your tummy is cut open and the prostate cut out
  • Minimally invasive treatment for BPH or benign prostate hyperplasia includes
    • BPH treatment is called Prostate artery embolization where we block the blood supply to the prostate causing it to shrink.

BPH or benign prostate hyperplasia

How do I choose which option is best for me when deciding on how to manage my BPH or benign prostate hyperplasia?

  • Consult a urologist who will confirm that you have BPH or benign prostate hyperplasia
  • The urologist will also exclude that you have prostate cancer
  • If the medication you are taking no longer works then look for an alternative
  • You wish to avoid surgery for BPH or benign prostate hyperplasia
    • o Consider PAE or Prostate artery embolization

Why consider PAE or Prostate artery embolization for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) Treatment?

PAE is ideal for patients who want to avoid surgery. There is no cutting involved, the potential for an excellent outcome is great and the chance of serious complications is extremely low.