Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) occurs when the prostate gland is enlarged, causing the urethra to become constricted and often making it difficult to urinate. Many men experience BPH as they age, but they don't have to live with the symptoms. If you want treatment for your BPH, contact Urologist Dr. Michael Rotman in New York City today.
BPH can cause many urination problems. They include:
In some cases, BPH can cause urine to back up in the body, which can lead to bladder infections, kidney stones, or kidney damage. Although BPH does cause urination problems, there are also some misconceptions associated with BPH.
For example, BPH does not cause prostate cancer, erection problems, or the inability to father a child. While BPH's cause isn't known, many physicians believe it’s due to changes in hormone production that occur when a person gets older.
Dr. Rotman starts by taking your medical history, consulting with you about your symptoms, and doing a physical examination. He may order a urinalysis test, a digital rectal exam, or a prostate-specific antigen test. These give Dr. Rotman a better understanding of what’s going on in your body and help him rule out other conditions that cause similar symptoms.
If Dr. Rotman determines your prostate is enlarged from the digital rectal exam, he may suggest you begin treatment.
The most common treatment for BPH is transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). During this procedure, Dr. Rotman inserts a resectoscope through the urethra, into the prostate area. Using the resectoscope, he trims excess tissue away from your prostate, one piece at a time.
The TURP procedure usually takes 60–90 minutes. Afterward, you’ll need to stay in the hospital for one to two days to recover.
There are many other treatment options available for BPH, including Rezūm®, a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio-frequency-generated energy, in the form of water vapor, to destroy the unwanted, enlarged prostate tissue without affecting the surrounding tissue.
Dr. Rotman also uses the GreenLight® Laser, a high-powered laser that vaporizes an overgrowth of prostate cells. It is a minimally invasive procedure, which allows you to resume your normal activities within two to three days after treatment.
Contact Dr. Rotman today if you want to experience relief from BPH.