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What is an Englarged Prostate?
An enlarged prostate, or BPH, becomes a problem for many men as they age. This can start as early as age 40. By age 60, about 7 in 10 men will have symptoms related to BPH.
The prostate is normally the size of a walnut and aids in sexual reproduction. As the prostate grows, sometimes getting as big as a baseball or softball, it can begin blocking the flow of urine from the bladder to the urethra. The blockage will lead to weak stream, straining, and starting and stopping of flow. It will also lead to problems with the bladder, which results in frequency, urgency, and feeling like you can't empty.
In some cases, the blockage can result in bladder failure requiring a permanent catheter, kidney failure, bladder stones, and recurrent urinary infections.
Dedicated to Finding the Right Solution for You
There are a number of treatment options for BPH that depend on the severity of your symptoms, the size of your prostate, and the degree of blockage. Your urologist may recommend additional work-up, such as cystoscopy (camera into the bladder) or urodynamics (test of how well your bladder muscle is working) before recommending a procedure.
Treatments include medications to relax or shrink the prostate, procedures to remove the inside of the prostate, and procedures to lift the prostate. Click the links below for more information on specific treatments.
UroLift for Benign Prostate Enlargement
UroLift® is a minimally invasive approach to treating symptoms of an enlarged prostate (BPH). It works by lifting or holding the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra, relieving urinary symptoms.
Our urologists are the most experienced in Des Moines with the UroLift procedure, including Dr. Kevin Birusingh who has been awarded the UroLift Center of Excellence distinction.
- Minimally invasive procedure with fast recovery
- Outpatient procedure which can be done with local anesthesia or light sedation
- Lower risk for Foley catheter after the procedure
- Only treatment that preserves sexual function (no increased risk of erectile dysfunction or retrograde ejaculation)
- Covered by most insurance providers and Medicare
- Significant improvement in symptoms in as little as two weeks
GreenLight Laser Therapy
GreenLight Laser Therapy, or photovaporization, is an effective minimally invasive treatment for an enlarged prostate (BPH). It is an established standard of care, with over one million men successfully treated worldwide.
Using a specialized laser, the inner portion of the prostate can be vaporized or melted away to relieve the blockage and significantly improve urinary symptoms. This can be done for any size prostate, including very large prostates.
Once under general anesthesia, the procedure takes about an hour. It is an outpatient procedure, so you will go home the same day. Some men will need a catheter for a few days. Compared to traditional treatments, there is a lower risk of bleeding, less catheterization time, and a faster recovery.
Following the procedure, some of your symptoms may temporarily worsen including urinary urgency and frequency. After about 4-6 weeks, those symptoms will resolve and you will see a significant improvement in your baseline symptoms.
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