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Is An Enlarged Prostate A Serious Medical Condition?

Is an enlarged prostate a serious medical condition? If you are male, 60% of you will have symptoms of an enlarged prostate over the age of 60. 90% will have symptoms by age 85. This adds up to fourteen million Americans with an enlarged prostate, and although this seems fairly common, don’t be fooled into thinking it cannot ever become serious. It can be.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

An enlarged prostate is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Many men have BPH but with no symptoms even into their senior years. Other men can begin having symptoms early in life. How the symptoms affect your life is of key importance. Once you notice a change in frequency, or amount of urine you pass, you should seek help from Dr. Steven Gange.

Note also the word benign, meaning there is no cancer present, but there are circumstances where a man can have more than one type of condition.

Paying attention to the following symptoms is essential:

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  • Frequent urination sometimes every hour
  • Feeling of needing to urinate or urgency
  • A weak stream or dribbling
  • Waking up at night to pee
  • Trouble starting to urinate

These symptoms can also indicate other medical conditions like an infection, so they should be checked out.

Ignoring Your Symptoms Can Cause Complications

Many men find that their symptoms come on so gradually, they don’t even notice them or they simply adapt to them. Many times others notice changes and will point them out. However you acknowledge you have the above symptoms, do not ignore them or they could become a serious medical condition.

With time and no treatment, BPH can obstruct the bladder from emptying completely which can lead to your bladder not functioning properly. A failed bladder may result in you not being able to urinate at all. This is a medical emergency and needs immediate treatment. Even if this is corrected, you might still need a catheter to urinate.

Another complication from untreated BPH is a backup of urine resulting in kidney problems. Once that occurs you may need dialysis or a transplant.

Improving An Enlarged Prostate And Its Symptoms

There are some lifestyle changes men can make which will help to reduce symptoms of BPH. Losing weight, cutting back on caffeine and alcohol, exercising regularly, and limiting spicy foods can help to improve your symptoms.

In addition to lifestyle changes, your physician may decide to do active surveillance and carefully monitor your symptoms.

There are prescription medications for reducing symptoms, and if that is unsuccessful, your physician may recommend less invasive surgery.

Don’t let an enlarged prostate become a serious medical condition. Contact Dr. Steven Gange at (801) 993-1800, or request an appointment online, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

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.