What You Need to Know About Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Here at our New York prostate health center, prostate enlargement is one of the most common reasons of first-time visits from our patients. “Should I be worried?”, “What is causing the enlargement?” or “Do I need to take certain medications?” are just a few of the questions from our male patients concerning an enlarged prostate. Below are the important things that you need to know concerning BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia.

    • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) per se is a common condition among men as they get older. By and large, it is not a serious threat to one’s health but may require emergency attention in some cases when a man may not be able to urinate at all.

    • Although it may not be threatening, an enlarged prostate could cause bladder problems due to pressure placed on the bladder and the urethra. The most common urinary problems associated with an enlarged prostate include a frequent need to urinate, difficulty emptying the bladder, and problems in starting urination.

    • The main cause of an enlarged prostate is unknown but most experts agree that it has to do with hormonal shifts brought about by aging.

    • In most men, the symptoms of BPH are quite mild and may not require treatment. However, rare complications include acute urinary retention and urinary tract infection.

  • If treatment is needed for an enlarged prostate, treatment should involve medication, surgery, and lifestyle changes.

If you are bothered with your enlarged prostate and would like to learn more about prostate health, get in touch with us at the Sperling Prostate Center.  Call us now at 877-605-2737 or fill out this contact form to request a consultation. We look forward to your visit!

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