Prostatic hyperplasia, also called enlarged prostate, is a very common, benign, but very uncomfortable condition that affects man over the age of 50. The illness usually takes very long to develop, with symptoms being very mild, almost unnoticeable and aggravating slowly, over the course of decades. As it is the case with many health issues, enlarged prostate treatment options are faster and easier for milder cases, so here are some things to know about the signs of prostatic hyperplasia:
- A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying – one of the first signs of enlarged prostate is the feeling that the bladder is not completely emptied while urinating;
- The need to pass urine more frequently and a sensation that the need to urinate is very urgent;
- Intermittency and straining – the need to stop and start again several times while urinating or struggling to pass urine at all;
- Incontinence – the inability to hold urine is also a very common symptom.
Prostatic hyperplasia is a highly treatable condition. In milder cases, over the counter and prescription medications can help a lot, while for more severe cases, specialists might recommend a traditional surgical intervention, such as the removal or the resection of the prostate, or more advanced, minimally invasive interventions, such as prostate artery embolization.