What Are the Common Symptoms of BPH?

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Are you finding yourself making more trips to the bathroom than usual or struggling with starting or stopping urination? These could be indicators of an enlarged prostate, a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). At Kasraeian Urology in Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian and Dr. Ali Kasraeian, esteemed board-certified urologists, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of various urological conditions, including BPH, utilizing cutting-edge technologies and treatments that help patients get the rapid and lasting relief they deserve. Here, we'll take a closer look at the symptoms of BPH and explore the available treatment options for relief.

What does it mean to have BPH?

BPH is a prevalent condition among aging men, characterized by the enlargement of the prostate gland. While some level of prostate enlargement is a natural part of aging for many men, those with BPH may experience abnormal growth of the prostate, leading to compression or obstruction of the urethra. This can result in a range of urinary symptoms that can significantly impact a man's daily life. Although BPH is not cancerous and does not indicate a precancerous condition or elevated risk level for prostate cancer, seeking timely medical attention is crucial for managing symptoms effectively and preventing the progression of BPH — which can lead to complications and worsening symptoms when left untreated.

How do I know if I have BPH?

The symptoms of BPH can manifest differently from patient to patient, but common signs of BPH may include:

  • Increased frequency of urination, particularly at night
  • Urinary urgency
  • Urgency incontinence
  • Weak urinary stream
  • Difficulty initiating and stopping urination
  • Feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
  • Straining during urination
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Changes in the urinary stream, such as spraying
  • Persistent sensation of needing to urinate

How is BPH diagnosed?

To accurately diagnose BPH and rule out other potential conditions, Dr. Kasraeian conducts a comprehensive assessment, evaluation, and testing (when needed), which may involve:

  • Review of medical history (personal and family)
  • Discussion of symptoms and changes in urinary habits
  • Physical examination, including a digital rectal exam (DRE)
  • PSA blood test
  • Urinalysis
  • Ultrasound imaging

Based on the findings of these diagnostic studies and the overall evaluation, Dr. Kasraeian will determine whether your prostate is enlarged and discuss BPH treatment options to help you find rapid and lasting relief.

How is BPH treated?

At Kasraeian Urology, we are committed to providing the most advanced and effective treatment options for BPH relief. Depending on your symptoms, lifestyle, overall health, and other individual factors, your available treatment options for BPH may include:

  • Medications to alleviate symptoms and reduce prostate size
  • Minimally invasive procedures, like UroLift®, to improve urinary flow
  • Aquablation, a cutting-edge therapy for precise removal of prostate tissue

Does BPH have to be treated?

While BPH is not life-threatening and does not indicate cancer or precancerous conditions, untreated BPH symptoms can worsen over time, leading to urinary incontinence and other complications. Seeking early evaluation and management of BPH can significantly improve overall outcomes and quality of life.

Get rapid BPH symptom relief, stay dry, and regain control of your life with advanced BPH treatment in Jacksonville, FL

Don't let the symptoms of BPH dictate your life any longer. If you're experiencing signs of an enlarged prostate, don't hesitate to reach out to Drs. Ahmad and Ali Kasraeian at Kasraeian Urology in Jacksonville, FL. Our team is dedicated to helping you understand your condition and explore personalized treatment options for effective symptom relief. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for BPH treatment to learn more.

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