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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
BPH is not simply a case of too many prostate cells. Prostate growth involves hormones, occurs in different types of tissue (e.g. muscular, glandular), and affects each man differently. Because of these differences, treatment will vary in each case. Once prostate growth begins to compromise urinary flow, it often continues unless medical therapy is started. The prostate grows in two ways. In one type of growth, cells multiply around the urethra (urinary drainage tube) and squeeze it, much like squeezing a straw. The second type of growth is middle-lobe prostate growth in which cells grow into the urethra and the bladder outlet area. This type of growth typically requires surgery or office thermotherapy to restore normal urinary flow.
You can find additional information about BPH at: SexHealthMatters.org
It is difficult to establish incidence and prevalence of BPH because
research groups often use different criteria to define the condition. According
to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), BPH affects more than 50% of men over
the age of 60 and as many as 90% of men over the age of 70.
A full in-office evaluation of bladder function used to diagnose overactive bladder
(OAB), urinary incontinence, bladder outlet obstruction, and to
direct treatment options.
There are several medical and surgical treatment options for men with BPH, depending
on the severity of symptoms. If symptoms do not threaten the man’s health,
he may choose not to be treated. If symptoms are severe enough to cause discomfort,
interfere with daily activities, or are associated with lower urinary tract infection,
treatment is usually recommended.
Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) Prostiva radiofrequency
thermotherapy often represents the next step in BPH treatment when medication fails
to relieve obstructive symptoms. The procedure is performed in the office
in about 20 minutes. Typically, only local anesthesia with mild oral sedation
is required for the office procedure.
PlasmaButton™ vaporization is a completely new surgical option for the treatment
of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is an innovative advancement to a conventional
TURP in which prostate tissue is removed more gently using low temperature plasma
energy. This device is not for use in treating prostate cancer.