enlarged prostate(BPH)


The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located under a man’s bladder. It helps control urine flow and produces a fluid that protects sperm. As you age, your prostate often grows, creating what doctors call enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The condition can cause a number of symptoms, from trouble urinating to bladder stones and kidney damage.


Common symptoms may include:

  • Being unable to empty your bladder completely
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Feeling the need to urinate frequently or urgently
  • Having a weak urine stream
  • Stopping and starting while urinating 
  • Trouble starting to urinate
  • Urinating more often at night

services & treatment

Your urologist will talk with you about your symptoms and work with you on a treatment plan that meets your needs. The symptoms of an enlarged prostate are similar to symptoms caused by other, more serious conditions, so it’s important to find out what’s going on. 

After you’re diagnosed, your urologist will create a plan to treat your enlarged prostate. Treatments range from medications to minimally invasive surgery, which is lower-risk and less painful than traditional surgery, and helps you heal faster.

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