Treatment of Enlarged Prostate at Lowcountry Urology Clinics

The physicians at Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC have years of experience in the detection and treatment of conditions associated with enlarged prostate. This is also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (sometimes as benign prostatic hypertrophy,) or BPH. Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions about enlarged prostate.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a gland that surrounds your urethra, which is the tube that moves urine out of your body.

What is benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)?

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When the prostate gets bigger, it may partially squeeze or block the urethra. This may make it harder to urinate.

What causes an enlarged prostate?

A normal part of getting older, BPH is caused by hormonal changes and cellular growth. You can’t prevent it from developing.

Who typically gets an enlarged prostate?

Most men acquire BPH as they age. Around half of all men over 75 have an enlarged prostate.

What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?

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You may have trouble “getting started,” and find that the dribbling takes longer to stop when you are finished. You may often have the urge to urinate, which might wake you up at night. Your stream may seem weak. Or, when you are finished, your bladder may not empty completely.

Is BPH serious?

Because it affects your ease of urination, an enlarged prostate can be very annoying. It is not a life-threatening condition, though.

How do you treat an enlarged prostate?

BPH may be preventable or delayed with an appropriate lifestyle. It is treatable with several medications which improve the urine flow and decrease the troublesome symptoms. The doctor can also suggest changes in habits and lifestyle that can help relieve your inconvenience. If changes in habits and medications are not successful there are minimally invasive surgical procedures that can resolve the problem.

Treat the Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate at Lowcountry Urology Clinics Today!

Do you recognize the symptoms of BPH listed above? If so, realize that it’s a normal part of aging, and that you can get some relief with help from your Urologist. So contact Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC, and start feeling better!