BPH Specialist

Fog City Urology

Urologists located in Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, CA

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 Q & A

Fog City Urology

What is BPH?

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.

What are the symptoms of BPH?

Common symptoms of BPH include:

  • Weak urine stream
  • Frequent starting and stopping of the urine stream
  • Dribbling urine
  • Frequent urination and increase in urgency
  • Increase in urination at night
  • Feeling as though you can’t empty your bladder

Some men may also experience an increase in urinary tract infections, blood in the urine, or an inability to urinate.

What treatments are available for BPH?

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:

  • Medication
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
  • Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP)
  • Prostatectomy or prostate lift
  • Embolization

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.

What is GreenLight Laser PVP?

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.

What is Rezum?

Rezum water vapor therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses steam to reduce prostate tissue and alleviate symptoms caused by BPH. Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Grady perform the procedure in the office.

The simple process doesn’t require anesthesia, and you’re back to your usual activities within a few days after treatment.

If your BPH is affecting your quality of life, call the office or book an appointment online for a solution. 

*Individual results may vary

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