Living with symptoms of enlarged prostate: there is a solution!

Living with symptoms of enlarged prostate: there is a solution!



We all know we can expect certain physical changes as we age. For men over 50, you can almost certainly expect to experience symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland as you age. In fact, according to Harvard Medical School, by age 60 one-half of men will have symptoms and by age 85, 90%.

An enlarged prostate is also called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. Many men believe this is just an issue to live with. In fact, there are several ways to alleviate, or even eliminate, the symptoms of BPH.

What’s a prostate?

The prostate is a gland which secretes fluid for semen. The gland is about the size of a walnut and found between the bladder and the penis, near the rectum. The urethra runs through the middle of the prostate, explaining why urination is affected by an enlarged prostate.

Why does the prostate enlarge as men age?

The exact reason the prostate enlarges as men age is not known. The most prevalent theory, however, involves the changes of reproductive hormones in men as they age, and the idea that these changes encourage cell growth in the prostate.

What are the symptoms of BPH?

Common symptoms of BPH, or an enlarged prostate, include issues with urinating, such as:

  • frequency (particularly at night)
  • urgency
  • difficulty starting to urinate
  • weak urine stream
  • inability to completely empty the bladder

How is BPH treated?

Any treatment should be considered with your doctor, based on the severity of symptoms, as well as any other factors affecting your overall health.

The latest treatment option offered at Monroe Clinic is called the UroLift System. The UroLift System is a minimally invasive procedure which is performed in our Surgical Procedure Center. The procedure involves the insertion of several small implants, which open the inside of the prostate, easing the flow of urine.

The advantages of the UroLift System are that the procedure is not as invasive as surgery on the prostate, and it’s more effective than medication.

If you, or someone you know, lives with symptoms of an enlarged prostate, call Monroe Clinic Urology for an evaluation at 608-324-2399.