At least half of all men over the age of 50 have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) simply because the prostate gland naturally grows throughout their adult life. When BPH interferes with your ability to urinate, the board-certified physicians at Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates offer several highly effective treatments, ranging from medications and in-office procedures to surgery. If you need relief from difficulty urinating or frequent trips to the bathroom at night, call the office in Springdale, Rogers, Siloam Springs, or Eureka Springs, Arkansas, or book an appointment online today.
BPH occurs when your prostate gland enlarges. The condition commonly affects men as they get older because their prostate slowly but continuously grows and enlarges.
Symptoms arise when the prostate gets large enough to pinch the urethra, the tube that carries urine and travels through the middle of the prostate gland.
Since the prostate surrounds the urethra, the enlarged gland narrows the tube and affects your ability to urinate. As a result, you develop symptoms such as:
BPH increases your risk of developing complications such as urinary tract infections, bladder stones, and reduced kidney function.
After your Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates provider evaluates your symptoms, they do diagnostic studies such as a urinalysis, uroflow, and post-void residual (PVR) urine tests. These studies guide treatment decisions by providing information about your urine flow and the amount of urine left in your bladder after your urinate.
The team offers many possible treatments for BPH, including:
Your provider may prescribe medications that make it easier to urinate and shrink the prostate.
During this in-office procedure, your provider guides the narrow Rezūm device through your urethra and into the prostate gland, where it sends out short bursts of water vapor (steam). The steam's natural energy kills cells in your prostate, reducing its size and eliminating BPH symptoms.
The UroLift System, an in-office procedure, restores urine flow by moving the prostate away from the urethra. The treatment doesn't remove or destroy prostatic tissue. Instead, your provider inserts small, painless implants that hold the gland away from the urethra.
Your provider uses the advanced GreenLight laser to vaporize excess prostate tissue, creating a larger area for the urethra and restoring normal urination.
During this surgical procedure, your provider guides a lighted scope through the urethra and into the prostate. Then they use small tools to remove all but the outer part of your prostate.
This surgical procedure is similar to a TURP, but instead of removing prostate tissue, your provider makes small cuts in the prostate gland to open up a larger channel for the urethra.
Your provider may recommend open, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted laparoscopy surgery to remove part of your prostate if you have a very large prostate, bladder damage, or complications such as bladder stones.
If you have signs of benign prostatic hyperplasia, call Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates or book an appointment online today.