What is BPH? Benign prostatic hyperplasia is commonly known as enlarged prostate. BPH is a non-cancerous condition in which prostate cells grow, enlarging the gland and causing it to squeeze the urethra. A variety of symptoms may result, including difficult, frequent or urgent urination.
When Should I Seek BPH Treatment? If you are experiencing BPH symptoms that are affecting your quality of life, such as losing sleep because you need to wake during the night to urinate, you are unable to urinate, you are unable to delay urination, have hesitancy, or a weak urine stream, check with your urologist to discuss if it is time to seek treatment.
BPH is not cancerous and is not life threatening, but it does create bothersome symptoms can significantly impact quality of life.
What Are the Long Term Risks of BPH?
If left untreated, BPH can progress and cause subsequent medical issues. When the bladder does not empty completely, you become at risk for developing urinary tract infections. Other serious problems can also develop over time, including bladder stones, blood in the urine (hematuria), incontinence, or urinary retention. In rare cases, bladder and/or kidney damage can develop from BPH.
What are the Treatment Options?
Based on the AUA Guidelines for the treatment of BPH, there are four recommended treatment options: Watchful Waiting, medications, in-office therapy, and surgery.
Are In-Office Therapies Safe?
Yes, these treatments are safe. UroLift has been cleared by the FDA to treat BPH. In-Office BPH Treatments are associated with few side effects and adverse events.
Are In-Office Therapies Effective?
Based on clinical studies, in office procedures is proven to be a safe, effective and durable option for BPH with very few side effects.
Are In-Office Therapies Covered By Insurance?
Medicare and many commercial insurance plans provide coverage for the UroLift procedure. Ask your doctor’s office to assist you by providing the information your insurance plan may require.
Do In-Office Therapies Hurt?
Some men describe the UroLift as causing some discomfort, while most men report no discomfort at all.
Will I need a catheter after the treatment?
Most patients will not need a catheter after the procedure.
Can I go home right after the procedure? Yes. You should arrange for someone to drive you home because you may have been given some medication to help you relax during the procedure. Your urologist will give you post-treatment instructions and prescriptions and explain the recovery period to you.
Bottom Line: BPH is a common problem and effective treatments are available. For more answers, speak to your physician.