BPH Specialist in Utah
Providing expert treatment for an enlarged prostate to patient 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.
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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 40 million Americans and over 500 million aging men worldwide. Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH1. 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 such as:
- 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
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.2
You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire.
- Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
- 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.