Enlarged Prostate Treatment in Marietta, GA

What is BPH?

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that affects more than 50 percent of men over the age of 60. When it occurs, the prostate gland presses against and narrows the urethra making it difficult to urinate. Depending on the symptoms or the severity of one’s benign prostatic hyperplasia, your urologist will prescribe several treatment alternatives.

Dr. Nikolas Symbas is a board-certified urologist who provides comprehensive testing and treatment for BPH. Dr. Symbas provides enlarged prostate treatment at his urology clinic in Marietta, GA, for men in the Greater Atlanta area. Please call (770) 428-4475 or request an appointment through our secure online form to schedule your consultation

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BPH Symptoms

The prostate gland surrounds the urethra and assists in reproduction. As men age, the prostate gets larger, so most older men have BPH to some degree, and about half of men over 75 experience BPH symptoms. BPH is a very minor condition and is not related to prostate cancer, however, symptoms can cause discomfort and be inconvenient.

When the prostate gets enlarged, it begins to put pressure on the bladder and urethra. A lot of the symptoms of BPH tend to relate to urination. Here are the 7 most commons symptoms:

  • Difficulty starting urination. The enlarged prostate messes with the pressure of your bladder to pass urine. This can have damaging effects on your kidneys.
  • Weak urine stream. As the urethra becomes constrained, urine passes at a much slower rate.
  • Urgent need to urinate. You may go from not needing to urinate to suddenly needing to go because of how the bladder gets constrained.
  • Issues with sleeping. Pressure from the enlarged prostate can mess with nerve signaling in the middle of the night. This leads to you thinking you have to urinate when you don’t.
  • Feeling the inability to empty your bladder. You may not be able to empty your bladder which can lead to UTI and stone issues.
  • Urinary tract infection. This is caused by the urine that sits in your bladder which you can’t fully empty, creating an environment for bacteria to thrive.
  • Bladder stones. The leftover urine can also crystallize to create bladder stones.

BPH simply can cause these symptoms to happen, but having these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have BPH. There are many reasons why you may have urinary issues.

Treatment Options for BPH near Atlanta

BPH Medications

Drug therapy is often used to provide relief from symptoms and to help reduce the enlargement of the prostate gland. These are especially helpful where the symptoms are mild. There may be side effects and the drugs must be taken regularly for the rest of one’s life. Additionally, the drugs may lose their effectiveness over time.

BPH Surgery in Marietta, GA

The use of surgical intervention is recommended to relieve or eliminate symptoms and when symptoms are severe or other options haven’t worked. Procedures include:

TURP (Transurethral resection of the prostate)  the most common type of BPH surgery that generally provides long-term relief. Side effects can include erectile dysfunction and bleeding.

Prostatectomy performed to remove large amounts of prostate tissue. This procedure is performed in a hospital and under general anesthesia. As with medication, there can be side effects that most notably can include erectile dysfunction or incontinence.

Minimally Invasive Treatments  by their nature, these treatments are not as invasive as surgery and can be performed in an outpatient environment. These can include:

  • Thermography – for treating patients with moderate symptoms. This treatment uses heat to destroy prostate tissue. Microwave energy is a major approach to this treatment.
  • Laser Therapy  to treat mild to severe symptoms. This approach most commonly uses GreenLight Laser Therapy together with TURP to provide effectiveness with fewer side effects.
  • Urethral Stent for use with patients who are not candidates for surgery. It involves placing a mesh tube to hold the urethra open at the point where it is obstructed by the prostate gland.

BPH Treatment in the Atlanta Metro area

Treatment entirely depends on the case. Very minor cases may just need lifestyle changes. Beyond that there’s medication and in some cases, surgery options may be available. Keep in mind, there is no permanent cure for BPH, but treatment options are meant to lower the symptoms caused by BPH to help your quality of life.

Schedule an Appointment for BPH Treatment in Marietta, GA

Board-certified urologist Dr. Nikolas Symbas specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of BPH at his urology clinic in Marietta, GA. If you are experiencing symptoms of an enlarged prostate in the Atlanta area, please call (770) 428-4475 or schedule an appointment online today!

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BPH FAQ

It is not perfectly clear as to what leads the prostate to grow larger and larger during a man’s life. Significant growth during puberty is expected and completely normal, though research shows that the prostate again begins slowly increasing in size from age 25 and continues throughout the man’s life.

Since gradual prostate growth is consistent among a large majority of men, it is extremely common for this condition to be diagnosed in those of an older age. Statistically speaking, BPH affects:

  • 20% of men over 50
  • 60% of men over 60
  • 70% of men over 70
  • 90% of men over 80

In addition to age, other risk factors include having a family history of BPH, being obese, leading a sedentary lifestyle that does not include regular exercise, having type 2 diabetes, and experiencing erectile dysfunction.

Men typically have the health of their prostate evaluated during yearly physical examinations with their physician. This simple screening is often able to detect superficial abnormalities of the prostate, such as unusually large sizing.

Patients who schedule a consultation with Dr. Symbas regarding BPH will begin by thoroughly discussing their symptoms, personal medical history, and family medical history. A physical evaluation is often performed as well, and additional diagnostic tests may be ordered to analyze the functionality of the patient’s urinary system.

Not necessarily. Some patients may elect to hold off on treating their enlarged prostate and instead choose to monitor the progression of their symptoms over time. Dr. Symbas will typically suggest more frequent checkups to regularly assess the health of the prostate and determine if the patient’s BPH is worsening.

While men can choose to avoid treating their BPH, it is highly encouraged to speak with a specialist about treatment options if symptoms caused by the condition are negatively affecting daily tasks and activities.

Lifestyle changes and medications are often the first options recommended for men that experience mild symptoms caused by BPH. Reducing liquid intake, avoiding stimulants, and practicing pelvic floor strengthening exercises can all help patients regain a bit more control over their urinary functions, while some forms of medications have shown to slow or completely stop the growth of the prostate.

Through new technological advancements within the healthcare industry, there are many minimally invasive procedures available to men suffering from more considerable urinary difficulties, including transurethral microwave therapy.

In some instances, Dr. Symbas may suggest surgery to offer patients with a more complex case of BPH to achieve effective relief from their symptoms. These traditional surgical procedures include transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) as well as transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP). Given Dr. Symbas’s unique expertise in using the da Vinci Surgical System, it is possible to avoid open surgery in favor of minimally invasive techniques.

Most patients will not experience severe complications caused by an enlarged prostate. However, it is entirely possible for BPH to lead to daily dysfunctions in a man’s life as he struggles to manage worsening symptoms, or for this condition to lead to significant damage to the kidneys, urinary tract, or bladder.

No. Because BPH is a benign condition, its symptoms have absolutely nothing to do with the cancerous cell growth of the prostate.

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