Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlarged prostate and it is an extremely common condition as men get older. Around 80% of all men over 40 develop symptoms of BPH. BPH is a major cause of bladder outflow obstruction and can impede the flow of urine.
Common Symptoms of BPH
- Slow or weak urine stream
- Frequent need to urinate during the day and need to urinate more than once during the night.
- Sudden urge to urinate
- Dribbling at the end of urination
To diagnose BPH, the doctor will start by asking detailed questions about the symptoms and doing a physical exam. This initial exam is likely to include; ectal exam, urine test and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. After that, the doctor might recommend additional tests to help confirm an enlarged prostate which include; urinary blow test, prostate biopsy and etc.
If the symptoms are severe, affecting the quality of life and medication treatment does not help, the doctor may suggest surgery to remove part of the prostate. Laser PVP is one of several minimally invasive treatment options for an enlarged prostate. Unlike traditional prostate surgery, laser PVP surgery offers less blood loss and faster recovery which can make laser PVP surgery a good option for men who have blood-clotting conditions or who take blood thinners.