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Treating BPH In Older Men: What You Should Know

By the time men turn 60 years old, 50% of them have developed the condition benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. It is not cancerous, but it does have significant symptoms and side effects. Treating BPH in older men: what you should know.

Some Facts About BPH

Benign prostatic hyperplasia means an enlarged prostate gland. This tiny walnut size gland sits near the urethra and doubles its size during puberty. It has a second growth spurt around age 25 and continues to slowly grow.

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If it grows too large, it squeezes the urethra, plus the bladder wall thickens and can become weaker leading to urine remaining in the bladder.

Primary Symptoms Of BPH

If the bladder does not empty as it should, there are a number of symptoms which develop as a result.

They include the following:

  • Incomplete emptying
  • Feeling that your bladder is full even after urinating
  • Frequency of urination, typically every one to two hours
  • Intermittent urination, urine starting and stopping
  • Urgency
  • Weak stream
  • Straining to pass urine
  • Developing Nocturia, waking up more than twice to urinate

These symptoms can lead to kidney infections, bladder stones, and a reduction in kidney function. Without proper treatment for BPH, a man can experience medical emergencies including kidney damage, frequent UTI, and the inability to urinate.

What You Should Know About Treatments for BPH

There are a wide variety of treatment options for an enlarged prostate. They depend upon the size of the prostate, your age, the symptoms, and your overall health. If your symptoms are mild, you and Dr. Gange may decide to wait and monitor them.

Other treatment options include medications, minimally invasive procedures, or more invasive surgery which cause other unwanted side effects.

One of the newer promising therapy treatments is known as the UroLift System. Once you are screened to be a candidate, this Medicare covered treatment uses tiny implants to lift and hold the prostate away from the urethra so urine can flow again. This is performed in a 10 minute outpatient procedure without cutting or removing any part of the prostate.

Additional benefits of UroLift include preserving sexual function and having fewer side effects like incontinence.

You no longer have to live with the limiting side effects of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Contact Dr. Gange at (801) 993-1800, or request an appointment online, for an evaluation, and discover all your treatment options for 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.