What is BPH?
What is BPH?
Welcome to SanoMed.
We are a Montreal BPH treatment clinic focused on minimally invasive therapies for benign prostate hyperplasia.
Our team, including leading Montreal urologist Dr. Kevin Zorn, is here to answer your questions about BPH and its’ treatment.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlarged prostate gland. BPH is a common condition as men get older. The prostate is a small gland that starts out about the size of a walnut. As men age, the gland becomes enlarged.
About half of men with the condition have no symptoms other than the change in size. For others, urinary and sexual issues can result, including impeded of urine flow, leading to bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.
You can do a lot to take care of yourself and give your body what it needs. Still, as you get older, your body changes in ways you can’t always control. For most men, one of those changes is that the prostate gets bigger.
Your prostate surrounds part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine and semen out of your penis. When you have BPH, your prostate is larger than usual, which squeezes the urethra. This can cause your urine stream to be weak, waking you up a lot at night to go to the bathroom. It also could lead to other bothersome urinary symptoms. When you have BPH, your prostate is larger than usual. The large prostate can squeeze the urethra.
BPH isn’t prostate cancer and doesn’t make you more likely to get it.
It’s a common condition, and there are a lot of treatments for it, from lifestyle changes to medication to surgery. Your doctor can help you choose the best care based on your age, health, and how the condition affects you.
The symptoms of BPH are often very mild at first, but they become more serious if they aren’t treated. Symptoms can include trouble with urination, a weak urine stream, and not feeling empty after urination.
Treatment options include lifestyle changes, medicine, and surgery – as well as some newer MIST options – Minimally Invasive Surgical Therapies – like Rezūm Water Vapour Therapy.
Common symptoms are:
As the prostate enlarges, it can partially block the flow of urine from the bladder, causing urine to back up in the bladder. This can increase the frequency of urination and potentially cause urinary tract or kidney problems.
The doctor will review your symptoms and medical history. A rectal examination will be needed for the doctor to assess the size of the prostate.
Diagnostic and assessment tests may include:
There are effective treatments available at SanoMed for prostate gland enlargement, including medications, minimally invasive therapies and surgery.
To choose the best option, you and your doctor will consider your symptoms, the size of your prostate, other health conditions you might have, and your preferences.
There is a summary of common BPH treatment options in the treatment section of this website.
Tired of waking up at all hours to empty your bladder?
Always looking for a place to “go” the minute you get where you’re going?
It can get worse over time.
The fact is, as symptoms increase, BPH can interfere with your day-to-day life.
Potential impacts include:
If you have symptoms of BPH, please contact your doctor for an assessment, or go ahead and get in touch with SanoMed for more information on treatment options in Montreal.