More than 85 million men around the world suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as BPH. Contrary to popular belief, being diagnosed with BPH does not increase your risk of developing prostate cancer, but it does result in several uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, there is a new type of treatment available that gives patients relief without requiring major surgery.
What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is the enlargement of the prostate gland not caused by cancerous tumors. An enlarged prostate puts pressure on your urethra, making it difficult to urinate. Symptoms of BPH include frequent urination, feeling the need to urinate when you lie down, feeling as though your bladder didn’t empty completely, dribbling after urination, a weak urine stream and a constant urge to urinate.
What are the Benefits of Urology Lasers?
Urology lasers are the newest treatment available for BPH. Prior to lasers becoming an acceptable treatment for BPH, patients would undergo a surgical procedure in the hospital. Recovery could take several days, and the procedure was uncomfortable and expensive. Now, thanks to a new laser technology, a minimally invasive procedure is performed with a local anesthetic in your urologist’s office.
Urologists are excited about this new laser because it’s portable and cost-effective. They can also perform several procedures in the same day. Patients no longer have to wait weeks for relief from BPH symptoms.
What Lifestyle Changes Should You Make After Being Diagnosed With BPH?
Making lifestyle changes greatly increases the chances of your BPH treatment being successful. Do exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, avoid caffeine, limit alcohol and drink fewer fluids before bedtime to reduce the severity of BPH symptoms.
It’s important you become an advocate for your own health. If you are experiencing symptoms of BPH, make an appointment with your primary care physician. A simple diagnostic test will rule out more serious health conditions, and your doctor can refer you to a qualified urologist for treatment.