Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, is a common problem affecting men as they age. The most frequent symptoms include an urgent need to urinate, getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, and difficulty passing urine.
Men with mild BPH may not immediately require treatment and may find that lifestyle changes may be all they need to find relief.
Some methods for alleviating BPH symptoms are:
- Reducing fluid intake before bedtime.
- Practicing double-voiding, where after urinating, you relax for a moment and then attempt to urinate again.
- Limiting caffeine and alcohol consumption.
If symptoms worsen or become more bothersome, there are treatment options available. Many men with BPH symptoms take prescription medications after being diagnosed. However, the medicines may fail to provide adequate relief and cause side effects such as dizziness and fatigue.
Fortunately, there are other effective ways to address the underlying cause of BPH and get substantial long-lasting relief.
3 Best Treatments For BPH
1. Aquablation Therapy
Aquablation therapy is a minimally invasive treatment for BPH that uses a precisely-delivered stream of water to reduce the size of the prostate. It’s a long-lasting, safe, and effective treatment for BPH-related lower urinary tract symptoms, and it can be performed on prostates of any shape or size.
Aquablation therapy is the only procedure that removes symptom-causing prostate tissue using a heat-free water jet controlled by robotic technology. Since the prostate is reached through the urethra, no incision is made.
Additionally, it is the only procedure that combines ultrasound imaging with a camera, enabling the surgeon to view the entire prostate in real-time. Aquablation therapy is precise, dependable, and reliable, offering long-lasting relief regardless of prostate size.
2. UroLift System
The UroLift System provides rapid and lasting BPH relief by lifting the prostate tissue out of the way to alleviate urinary symptoms. Tiny implants hold open the blocked urethra that prevents urine from flowing. Unlike medications, UroLift offers a mechanical solution to a mechanical problem, addressing the obstruction directly. No heating, cutting, or removal of prostate tissue is required. There is a short recovery time after the placement of the device.
UroLift is an option for men seeking relief from the symptoms of BPH. The procedure typically takes less than an hour and does not require ongoing medication, heating, cutting, or removal of prostate tissue.
3. Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy
Rezūm addresses the underlying cause of BPH – an enlarged prostate. The prostate is reduced during a single brief appointment at the urologist’s office or a facility for outpatient surgery. There are no incisions or general anesthesia, and most people resume their normal activities in a few days.
Rezūme removes prostate tissue by using natural water vapor, thereby reducing prostate size. The targeted prostate tissue is exposed to 9 seconds of water vapor during each treatment. All the stored energy is released when the steam comes into contact with the prostate tissue. The doctor will determine the number of treatments required depending on prostate size.
The prostate gradually shrinks due to the body’s natural healing process of the treated tissue. The urethra opens when the extra tissue is absorbed. Without invasive surgery, this approach offers long-lasting relief from BPH symptoms. Within a few weeks, most men notice an improvement in their symptoms.
Don’t continue living with the uncomfortable symptoms of BPH – schedule an appointment today!