Are you losing sleep because you need to run to the bathroom several times a night? Or do you feel like you can’t fully empty your bladder after going? Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate, is a common problem in men as they age. Dr. Raul Hernandez and Dr. Brian Grady at Fog City Urology in Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, offer a number of treatment options to minimize symptoms. Call today or book an appointment online.
BPH is a condition that affects many men as they age. Your prostate is part of your reproductive system, and its primary job is to make the fluid that carries your sperm during ejaculation.
Your prostate goes through two periods of growth, the first coming during puberty. At about age 25, the prostate starts to grow again and keeps growing for life. As the prostate enlarges it may press on your urethra, which can impair urination and lead to issues with your bladder.
About 50% of men between 51 and 60 have BPH, with the percentage of men affected increasing as they age.
Common symptoms of BPH include:
Some men may also experience an increase in urinary tract infections, blood in the urine, or an inability to urinate.
A number of treatment options are available for BPH. Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Grady determine the best option based on your age, the size of your prostate, your health status, and the severity of your symptoms.
Treatment options include:
As an innovative urology practice that offers the latest in medical treatments for various conditions, Fog City Urology offers laser treatment with GreenLight™ Laser PVP and Rezum® water vapor therapy treatment.
GreenLight Laser PVP is a minimally invasive laser treatment for BPH. It vaporizes the overgrowth of prostate tissue and is an alternative to TURP.
Laser treatment for BPH alleviates symptoms quickly and has a shorter recovery time than TURP.