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The Dangers of Leaving BPH Untreated

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as BPH, describes an enlarged prostate gland in men. It is a condition many men will eventually experience, and it progresses as a man ages. Let’s discover the dangers of leaving BPH untreated.

Basic Facts About BPH

The prostate gland is a small gland about the size of a walnut located below the bladder and near the urethra. It is an important gland since it produces semen.

It does not cause prostate cancer and is not a risk factor for cancer.

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About one out of four men will have uncomfortable symptoms of an enlarged prostate by age 55. By age 80 about half will have symptoms that require treatment.

Some of the most common risk factors besides age include family history, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. There is other information that there may be factors resulting from rising testosterone and changes in the cellular level in the testes.

The Effects of BPH

When the prostate gland enlarges, it restricts urine flow due to its proximity to the urethra.

The prostate continues to enlarge until it begins to constrict the ability for a man to urinate.

As men begin to have symptoms of BPH, they may experience the following effects:

  • A weak stream
  • Difficulty starting and stopping urination
  • Urgency
  • Frequent feeling of needing to urinate
  • Sense that the bladder is not empty
  • Getting up several times at night to urinate
  • Painful urination and ejaculation

Why BPH Should Be Treated

Some men will have minimal symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia at first. When the prostate begins to grow, there is a reduced ability for the bladder to hold urine. In addition, as the prostate grows larger, there can be some serious consequences if a man doesn’t have treatment.

This can lead to a complete blockage of the urethra, kidney damage, the development of both kidney and bladder stones and infections, urinary tract infections, and back up of pressure that damages the kidneys, plus other conditions that can require medical intervention.

Luckily, today there are minimally invasive treatments to open the urethra, drugs to shrink the prostate, and others to relax the muscles. There is no one treatment that is best for all men. There are surgical options as well.

The decision to treat BPH is between the patient and Dr. Steven Gange. This is usually based on a man’s age, his general health and the severity of the symptoms.

Contact Dr. Steven Gange at (801) 993-1800, or request an appointment online, to learn about all your treatment options for the symptoms of BPH.

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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.