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Enlarged Prostate

An enlarged prostate implies the gland has grown bigger. Prostate enlargement happens to just about all men while they get older. It can press to the urethra and cause kidney and urination problems whilst the gland develops.

What is a Prostate?

The prostate is a gland that creates the substance that provides sperm during ejaculation. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube by which urine passes from the body.

What is Prostate Enlargement?

An enlarged prostate is often called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Less than half of all men with BPH have symptoms of the disease. Symptoms may include:

  • Dribbling at the end of urinating
  • Inability to urinate (urinary retention)
  • Incomplete emptying of your bladder
  • Incontinence
  • Needing to urinate two or more times per night
  • Pain with urination or bloody urine (these may indicate infection)
  • Slowed or delayed start of the urinary stream
  • Straining to urinate
  • Strong and sudden urge to urinate
  • Weak urine stream

The treatment you choose for prostate enlargement is based on how bad your symptoms are and how bad they affect your life. Dr. Kowalczyk will take into account all of your medical issues.

Surgical Treatment for Prostate Enlargement

Prostate surgery may be recommended if you have:

  • Incontinence
  • Recurrent blood in the urine
  • Inability to fully empty the bladder (urinary retention)
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Decreasing kidney function
  • Bladder stones

The choice for your surgical procedure is based on the severity of your symptoms and the size of your prostate gland.

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