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BPH Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT

Providing expert treatment for an enlarged prostate to men living throughout the United States

If you or a loved one has been experiencing the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, it is crucial to seek an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible. This will not only help receive effective treatment and improve the quality of life, but will also rule out the possibility of prostate cancer. Dr. Steven Gange in Salt Lake City is a renowned pioneer throughout the United States when it comes to benign prostatic hyperplasia treatment. 

If you would like more information about BPH symptoms or treatment and are in the Salt Lake City, Utah area, contact the office of Steven Gange, MD at (801) 993-1800.

What is BPH?

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. BPH is a very common condition that affects over 42 million men in the US1 and over 660 million aging men worldwide.2.3 Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH.2 While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.

As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms. If left untreated, BPH can lead to permanent bladder damage.

Symptoms include:5,6

  • Frequent need to urinate both day and night
  • Weak or slow urinary stream
  • A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
  • Difficulty or delay in starting urination
  • Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
  • A urinary stream that stops and starts

Symptoms of BPH can cause loss of productivity, depression, and decreased quality of life.7

If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.8

You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire. Sharing this information with your physician will help them understand the severity of your symptoms.

normal prostate vs protate with BPH

Even watchful waiting has its risks. Bladder outlet obstruction could result in irreversible bladder damage if left untreated4

Bladder and Enlarged Prostate

References

  1. NeoTract US Market Model estimates for 2020, data on file.
  2. Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
  3. US Census Bureau international database worldwide population estimates for 2020
  4. Tubaro, Drugs Aging 2003
  5. Rosenberg, Int J Clin Pract 2007
  6. Vuichoud, Can J Urol 2015
  7. Speakman, BJUI International 2014
  8. IMS Health NDTI Urology Specialty Profile Report 2013

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How is BPH diagnosed?

Dr. Gange begins your diagnosis by discussing your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam may be required to evaluate your overall health. There are a number of tests conducted by Dr. Gange at his Utah office that can conclude you have BPH, including:

  • Digital rectal exam - Allows Dr. Gange to check for prostate enlargement as well as any abnormalities.
  • Urine Test - Used to rule out infections and similar conditions as the cause of your enlarged prostate. 
  • A prostate-specific antigen blood test - Checks the levels of prostate-specific antigen in the blood. Increased levels of prostate-specific antigen are a sign of BPH. 

Depending on the complexity of your condition, Dr. Gange may also perform a cystoscopy to take a look inside your urethra and bladder or a prostate biopsy to rule out prostate cancer.

New Patient Appointment Request

I have seen Dr. Gange for a number of years and developed the typical symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. During my annual urologist visit, Dr. Gange laid out my options. After doing some personal research, I elected to have the Urolift procedure performed by Dr. Gange on an outpatient basis.

The procedure was uncomfortable but not particularly painful compared to other surgeries I have had. Recovery was relatively quick and I was back at work after two days of rest.

I did experience some significant discomfort associated with urination but was counseled that I was not drinking enough water. Once I increased my consumption of water, most of the discomfort went away and I was back to normal after about two weeks.

In the wake of the surgery, the urgency to urinate has gone away. The interval between trips to the bathroom has lengthened significantly such that I usually get up to urinate only once each night and sometimes not at all.

Having talked with others who have had more drastic prostate surgery, I feel that the Urolift procedure was much less stressful and the results were as hoped for.