Just about any treatment carries a lot of risk as we grow older. If you’re at a more advanced age, and you’ve ignored your enlarged prostate for quite a while, you can expect your doctor to be a lot more cautious when recommending any type of Denver enlarged prostate treatment options.
When treated early on, an enlarged prostate can typically be kept under control with the help of non-invasive treatments such as taking the right medicine. Alpha blockers like tamsulosin (Flomax) or terazosin (Hytrin) are most often used to control the situation and reduce BPH symptoms. These compounds are very good at blocking the hormones that are responsible for causing your prostate to grow.
However, as you age, or if you wait before applying any treatment and your prostate is enlarged further, treatment will carry more risk. Alpha blockers will no longer be effective at some point, and a minimally invasive surgery might be necessary. Prostate artery embolization is most frequently used to starve the growing prostate of its blood supply and stop its excessive growth.
Of course, prostate artery embolization doesn’t carry much risk. But if you avoid getting your treatment early on, you might need full on surgery. Most invasive surgical procedures carry a great deal of risk especially when it comes to the recovery process, as the problem can return over time. Keeping track of it and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle will help with that and ensure that the risks associated with your prostate treatment will still be minimal.