Is Frequent Urination Keeping You Up at Night?
If you've been experiencing weak urine flow, more frequent urination or bladder leakage, you may be dealing with an enlarged prostate. While an enlarged prostate is a common part of aging in men, it doesn't mean you have to live with it. In most cases, your symptoms can be treated with proper medical advice.
What causes an Enlarged Prostate?
Enlarged Prostate, also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), is one of the most common health complaints among men over 50. The problem tends to increase with age, with approximately 80 percent of men experiencing an enlarged prostate by the age of 85.
An enlarged prostate occurs when the prostate cells multiply, obstructing the flow of urine through the urethra. Over time, the constant straining of the bladder muscle and restricted urethra can keep the bladder from fully emptying, which can lead to a urinary tract infection, kidney or bladder damage. To help prevent permanent damage, it's important to see a doctor as soon as possible to rule out more serious problems like an infection or prostate cancer.
How Do You Treat an Enlarged Prostate?
In many cases, an enlarged prostate is not a serious problem and can be treated with lifestyle changes and behavior modification. In some cases, eliminating alcohol or caffeine from your diet, and taking minerals like selenium or other dietary supplements are all it takes to alleviate the constant urge to urinate. If that doesn't work, your doctor may prescribe medications to either either stop the prostate from growing, or shrink the gland and relax prostate muscles to improve urine flow.
If medication fails to work, surgery may be recommended - especially if you are unable to urinate, have significant bleeding, or kidney failure. Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the most common surgical treatment for enlarged prostate. This form of surgery generally requires an overnight stay in the hospital and has a fairly short recovery period.
At Nebraska Medicine, we also offer an outpatient procedure in which clips are used to tie back the enlarged prostate tissue that protrudes into the urethra. This surgical option is easier, quicker, and has a much faster recovery time for patients. Your doctor can help you determine the treatment option that works best for you.
Why Choose Nebraska Medicine for Treatment of Enlarged Prostate?
We Don't Just Treat Your Symptoms
At Nebraska Medicine, you will be seen by a board certified doctor who is experienced in the treatment of patients with enlarged prostate. We care for the whole patient, beginning with a careful evaluation of your overall health, lifestyle and medications. You will also receive proper screenings for conditions such as prostate cancer, urinary tract infection or kidney disease that could contribute to urination problems and require treatment.
Your Treatment is Unique to You
When it comes to an enlarged prostate there is no one-size-fits-all approach to diagnosis and treatment. Proper medical care must be customized to the individual. We take the time to get to know our patients and provide individualized care, rather than applying the same treatment to every person who walks through our door.
We Offer Advanced Treatments
Being partnered with the University of Nebraska Medical Center allows us to provide the latest, most advanced treatments that we believe to be the safest and most beneficial for our patients. As a nationally recognized hospital, adults and children come to us from all over Nebraska and across the region for urologic conditions, including prostate conditions and diseases including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitis.
We Bring a Team of Experts from a Variety of Disciplines to Your Case as Necessary
If your evaluation for enlarged prostate reveals any issues related to prostate cancer or kidney disease, we can easily refer you to a specialist within our health care system. If lifestyle changes are recommended, we can also connect you with a board certified sex therapist, nutritionist, smoking cessation programs and others who can support you in making the changes you need to enjoy better health.
Accreditations and Awards
We Rank Consistently High
Nebraska Medicine is ranked among the nation’s best. Each year, U.S. News and World Report surveys the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals to come up with the year’s list of Best Hospitals. Just 3 percent of the hospitals analyzed for Best Hospitals earn national ranking in even one specialty. We were:
- Ranked nationally in urology in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking
- Recognized as a high-performing hospital in urology in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking