Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Symptoms & Treatment

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), characterized by an enlarged prostate, is a common condition among men over the age of 50. While it may seem like a minor inconvenience at first, the symptoms of BPH can gradually escalate, significantly impacting your quality of life. 

From frequent trips to the bathroom to difficulty starting urination, BPH can turn simple tasks into daily challenges, leaving you feeling frustrated and anxious about what lies ahead.

Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

BPH can cause a range of urinary symptoms, including:


  1. Frequent Urination: Men with BPH may find themselves needing to urinate more frequently, especially at night.


  1. Difficulty Initiating Urination: Struggling to start urination is a common symptom of BPH, often accompanied by feelings of urgency and discomfort.


    3. Weak Urine Stream: BPH can result in a weakened urine stream, making it feel like urination takes longer than usual and requires more effort.


    4. Incomplete Bladder Emptying: The sensation of not fully emptying the bladder after urination is a frustrating symptom of BPH, leading to the urge to urinate again shortly after.

Treatment Options for BPH

Several treatment options are available to manage BPH symptoms, each with its own benefits and considerations:


Alpha-blockers such as tamsulosin and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors like finasteride are commonly prescribed to relax prostate muscles and shrink the gland, respectively. These medications can effectively alleviate symptoms in many men, but they may take time to show full effects and can cause side effects such as dizziness, decreased libido, and erectile dysfunction.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

For men seeking alternatives to long-term medication use or who have more severe symptoms, minimally invasive procedures offer effective relief. Options such as transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT), transurethral needle ablation (TUNA), and laser therapy reduce excess prostate tissue, improving urinary flow. These procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis and have shorter recovery times compared to traditional surgery.


In cases where medications and minimally invasive procedures are ineffective or not suitable, surgical interventions such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) may be recommended. TURP involves surgically removing excess prostate tissue to relieve urinary obstruction. While effective, this approach carries risks such as bleeding, infection, and erectile dysfunction, and it may require a longer recovery period.

A Better Solution: Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)

One emerging minimally invasive procedure gaining attention for BPH treatment is Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE). This procedure involves injecting tiny particles into the blood vessels supplying the prostate, blocking blood flow and causing the gland to shrink, relieving urinary symptoms.

Advantages of PAE:


  • Minimally Invasive: PAE is performed through a small incision, reducing the risk of complications and allowing for a quicker recovery.


  • Preserves Sexual Function: Unlike some surgeries, PAE typically doesn’t affect sexual function, a concern for many men considering treatment.


  • Outpatient Procedure: PAE is often done on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day.


But don’t just take our word for it – check out what one of our recent patients, Craig, had to say about the PAE procedure: “This is such a simple procedure, and you can have a different life in just a short period of time. It’s like I’ve got a brand new start on everything, man. It’s a new life.”

Find Your Path to Relief at ECCO Medical

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia can significantly impact the quality of life for men over 50, but effective treatment options are available. While medications, minimally invasive procedures, and surgery have been the mainstays, Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) offers a promising alternative, particularly for those nervous about invasive procedures. 


By understanding symptoms and exploring treatment options, men can take proactive steps to manage BPH and improve their overall well-being. 

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