Prostatitis Treatment in Wisconsin
What is Prostatitis?
Prostatitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the prostate gland. The inflammation may also affect the area around the prostate. There are four general types of prostatitis, and each requires different treatments.
The four main types of prostatitis are:
- Acute bacterial prostatitis
- Chronic bacterial prostatitis
- Chronic prostatitis (also called chronic pelvic pain syndrome, prostatdynia and nonbacterial prostatitis)
- Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis
Symptoms of Prostatitis
The symptoms of prostatitis will depend on the type of infection. Some men won’t experience any symptoms at all, while some will experience symptoms that are similar to urinary tract infections (UTIs), such as pain or burning during urination, frequent need to urinate or the inability to completely empty the bladder.
With chronic bacterial prostatitis, men may experience pain in the testicles, bladder and lower back or pain during ejaculation, as well as other symptoms. And men who have chronic prostatitis (chronic pelvic pain syndrome) may have painful urination or pain throughout the pelvis.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Prostatitis
Although accurate diagnosis is difficult, it is important as treatments vary depending on the type of prostatitis.
During the visit, your urologist will likely give you a questionnaire that will help him or her accurately diagnose your condition. Your doctor will also give you an examination and possibly perform tests to help rule out other conditions that could be causing your symptoms.
Once your condition has been diagnosed, your urologist will discuss treatment options with you. Those options range from antibiotics or other medications to therapy to surgery. Your doctor may also recommend home treatments, such as sitz baths, heat therapy and pillows or inflatable cushions. Biofeedback and relaxation exercises may also be helpful to combat pain and other symptoms.
How Do I Schedule a Consultation With a Urology Specialist?
To schedule a consultation or appointment with a urology specialist at Aurora, call one of the urology offices directly. View the list of Aurora urologists.