An enlarged prostate (aka benign prostatic hyperplasia) is common among aging men, and it can cause cumbersome, sometimes painful urinary symptoms. If you are having problems with urine flow, then you may have an enlarged prostate.
What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?
Your symptoms may include:
- Urgent need to urinate
- Increased urination at nighttime
- Trouble initiating urination
- Intermittent or weak urine stream
- Dribbling at the end of urination
- Strain during urination
- Urine that remains in the bladder after a bathroom trip
How is an enlarged prostate treated?
An enlarged prostate is treated with medication and/or minimally invasive surgery. Your treatment depends on the size of your prostate, your age, your overall health, and your discomfort level. Treatments include:
- Alpha blockers
- 5-alpha reductase inhibitors
- Drug therapy
If your symptoms are more moderate or severe, you may need surgery. Your options include:
- Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
- Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP)
- Transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT)
- Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA)
- Laser therapy