Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (PBH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that occurs in men as they age. As the prostate enlarges, it may cause difficulty when urinating, a need to get up many times during the night to urinate, a frequent urge to urinate, or a sense that the bladder is not completely empty after urination. BPH may also reduce sexual ability, cause painful orgasm and impotence. The need for treatment depends on how bothered the man is by the symptoms. If treatment is needed, it may include medications or, less commonly, surgery. BPH does not cause prostate cancer. However, symptoms typical of BPH should be evaluated by a doctor to be certain they are not actually caused by prostate cancer. According to the American Urology Association, about 50% of men will have some degree of BPH by the time they are 60 years old, and up to 90% will be affected by age 80. BPH is more prevalent than prostate cancer.

Surgical Options

  • Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)
  • Transurethral Incision of the Prostate (TUIP)
  • Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNA)
  • Transurethral Microwave Hyperthermia (TUMT)
  • High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

Herbal Medications

  • Saw Palmetto