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Understanding Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

It’s no secret that aging isn’t for the faint of heart. And for millions of men over 50, aging may come with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or an enlarged prostate. While it may be common and “natural,” that doesn’t mean men suffering from symptoms of BPH simply have to cope. Luckily, there are several benign prostatic hyperplasia treatment options available and ECCO is here to help navigate the best course of treatment.

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What Causes BPH?

 It’s normal for the prostate gland to grow over time. However, hormone imbalances and other age-related changes are thought to be the main contributing factors to BPH. Other contributing factors may include:

  • A family history of BPH
  • Diabetes or heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Lack of physical activity

BPH Symptoms

A layer of tissue surrounding the gland keeps the prostate from growing outward. Rather, the tissue expands inward and can eventually act as a clamp that restricts normal urine flow. BPH symptoms include:

  • Needing to urinate frequently and urgently
  • A weak urine stream
  • Needing to urinate frequently at night
  • Inability to empty bladder completely
  • Difficulty starting urination

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Treatment Options

ECCO Medical offers prostate artery embolization (PAE) as a treatment for frequent urination caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). PAE is one of the best treatment options for an enlarged prostate. Most patients will have tried medications first, such as an alpha blocker. However, these medications can have side effects such as sexual dysfunction, dry mouth, and dizziness.

Prostate artery embolization is a minimally invasive procedure performed in an outpatient center. There are no incisions, and nothing inserts into the penis. As a result, this leads to a quicker and less painful recovery compared with the surgical options. ECCO Medical has treated over 500 prostates with PAE in Colorado and trains other physicians around the country. Moreover, the procedural expertise at ECCO Medical is unmatched in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region.

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