Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is enlargement of the prostate. BPH is one of the most common diseases of aging men.
Symptoms related to prostate enlargement include:
- Frequency of urination (more than 4-6 times a day)
- Hesitancy (delayed initiation of stream)
- Intermittent urinary stream
- Nighttime urination
- Sensation of incomplete bladder emptying
- Urinary urgency
- Weak stream
BPH affects your quality of life. If left untreated, it can lead to:
- Damage to the kidneys
- Increased risk of bladder dysfunction
- Increased risk of hip fractures
- Urinary retention
- Urinary tract infections
Treatment of BPH
Initial treatment is usually with medications such as:
- 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, such as finasteride and dutasteride
- Alpha-blockers, such as tamsulosin, alfuzosin, doxazosin, etc.
- PDE5 inhibitors, such as tadalafil
Additionally, we offer the following surgical treatments for BPH:
- Greenlight laser photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP)
Learn more about GreenLight™ Laser Therapy on the TreatMyBPH website.
- Laser enucleation of the prostate
- Simple prostatectomy
- Steam Therapy (Rezum; available as trial only)
Learn more about Rezūm™ Water Vapor Therapy on the TreatMyBPH website.
- Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)
Learn more about the TURP treatment on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website.
- Urethral lift (UroLift)
- If you suffer from BPH or another voiding dysfunction condition, or think you may, make an appointment with Dr. Michael Grant today.
- Refer to the Urology Care Foundation website for more information and support.
- Read more about BPH in our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise Health Encyclopedia.
Page reviewed on: Jan 30, 2020
Page reviewed by: Michael T. Grant, MD