The need to get up repeatedly during the night to urinate is just ONE of the early symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as “enlarged prostate.”
This condition may ultimately lead to painful urination, incontinence, reduced sex drive and even erectile dysfunction.
Men with BPH have a new treatment option that is effective and helps them avoid open surgery.
BPH is one of the most common health problems experienced by men, affecting half of all men between 51 and 60 years of age and up to 90% of men older than 80. A normal male prostate gland is the size of a walnut. With BPH, it can grow as large as a tennis ball. The enlarging prostate can put pressure on the urethra, restricting the flow of urine.
One study showed that 95% of men with moderate BPH symptoms are unhappy and do not wish to spend the rest of their lives suffering from them.
Unfortunately, no. Left untreated, BPH can lead to urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder damage, bladder stones, kidney damage (or chronic renal failure) and urinary retention (the inability to urinate).
Until recently, men had but one treatment option for BPH—a surgery called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). During this surgery, a portion of the prostate gland is removed using an electric current or laser.
However, TURP is a major surgery, with serious risks. Complications are surprisingly common, and include bladder injury, inflammation, infection, bleeding and a loss of erections. 65 out of 100 men who have the surgery experience retrograde ejaculation—an unfortunate condition where semen goes into the bladder and not out of the penis.
The most common symptoms of BPH are frequent or urgent need to urinate (especially at night) difficulty urinating, incontinence and sexual dysfunction.
PAE partially blocks the flow of blood to the prostate, causing it to shrink and symptoms to reduce or disappear.
If you have BPH symptoms that are negatively impacting the quality of your life, don’t wait until the symptoms get worse! We invite you to consult with us. Our doctors will work with both you and your doctor to help you understand the extent of your condition and determine if PAE is a treatment option for you.
At Memphis Vascular Center, we can treat BPH with a convenient, outpatient 30-minute procedure called prostate artery embolization (PAE). It requires no more than a small nick in the skin. No anesthesia. No downtime. Fast results.
We were among the first doctors in Tennessee to perform prostate artery embolization and are among the most experienced doctors in the region performing this procedure.