BPH is one of the most common diseases affecting the prostate and is the most common benign tumour in men as they get older.
This condition is present in 50% of men over 50 years.
The prostate size can be assessed by a digital rectal examination where a gloved and lubricated finger is inserted into the anus, or by ultrasound. The size of the prostate is less important than the urinary symptoms it causes. This digital examination may also feel a cancerous lump, though not all prostate cancers can be felt in this manner.
LUTS (Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms)
Dr Love can test the severity of your symptoms with a urine flow tests, as well as measurements of retained urine, and by asking you specific questions about your symptoms. The International Prostate Symptom Score questionnaire is also a very useful tool.
The PSA blood test, ultrasound of kidneys and bladder and urine tests also give further valuable information.
LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms) are the things the patient notices when their bladder is affected by an enlarging prostate. They can include the following:
The International Prostate Symptom Score questionnaire is a useful way of assessing the severity of your symptoms.
Treatments range from watchful waiting (observation only), various medications, through to different types of surgery. If the patient’s symptoms (LUTS) are not too severe or annoying, and as long as prostate cancer or other problems are ruled out, the decision may be made to only keep the enlarged prostate under observation and not offer any initial treatment. However if the patient is bothered by the symptoms, or other issues are developing such as a large amount of retained urine, Dr Love would recommend treatment.
Dr Love has extensive experience in all forms of treating BPH, and is an active user of TURP, GreenLight®, and, particularly, the MIST therapies, Rezum® and UroLift® technology.
Dr Love and his team understand that you may be feeling nervous, anxious or embarrassed about your symptoms or condition. We want you to know that you deserve to get the treatment you need and that you can go on to live a fulfilling and satisfying life. It’s never too late.
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