Men’s Health Matters
BPH is an acronym for the condition known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or what is commonly referred to as prostate enlargement. Oftentimes, patients confuse BPH with prostate cancer. As the name of this condition implies, this is a benign condition and is not associated with malignant or cancerous prostate conditions.
The symptoms of BPH include slowing of the urinary stream, frequent urination, getting up at night to urinate, incomplete emptying of the bladder, urgency to urinate, hesitancy during urination, and post-void dribbling.
Understand Your Options
The benefits of BPH treatment include regaining control over urination, reduced discomfort and stress, and improved general well-being. Many men are concerned about any procedure on their prostate because they often confuse the risks of removing their entire prostate (radical prostatectomy) with minimally invasive procedures. Instead, they opt to stay on medications that are associated with recurring costs, risks and only show minimal objective improvements in urination. While medication may be the appropriate treatment for mild cases, inadequate treatment of a man’s BPH symptoms with medications can lead to serious irreversible bladder and kidney damage.
Your Trusted Men’s Health Provider
During your consultation at El Camino Urology in Mountain View, California, Dr. Edward Karpman will go over your medical history, your symptoms, and perform tests to determine if you have BPH and how severe your case is. Based on his medical assessment, he will review the best treatment options for you. Treatment options can include:
Reducing intake of liquids, especially caffeinated beverages, and alcohol; avoiding or monitoring certain medications; bladder training; Kegel exercises; preventing constipation.
Alpha-blockers, phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, or a combination of medications are prescribed.
These procedures include transurethral needle ablation, transurethral microwave thermotherapy, high-intensity focused ultrasound, transurethral electrovaporization, water-induced thermotherapy, prostatic stent insertion
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), laser surgery, open prostatectomy, or transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP) are surgical options.
Regain Control of Your Life
Many men see improvement in BPH symptoms right after treatment, though it may take time for sexual function to fully return. No matter the treatment, taking control of your BPH will improve your sense of well-being and help alleviate the stress of incontinence in social situations.
A Healthy, Happy You
Side effects will vary based on the treatment, and most side effects are temporary. Unless treatment includes invasive surgery, most patients return to their normal activities quickly.
Experience You Can Count On
Dr. Edward Karpman at El Camino Urology has decades of experience as a men’s health provider and was instrumental in the development of the Aquablation procedure. Whatever procedure you decide on, you can count on Dr. Karpman to deliver the best possible outcome. The Greenlight laser XPS/Moxy procedure is the latest and most sophisticated procedure for the treatment of enlarging prostate symptoms. Patients can experience the same excellent results that the traditional TURP procedure gives them, with significantly fewer side effects. The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis, and men can return to their normal activities sooner than with the TURP procedure.
The most effective way to treat enlarged prostates or severely large prostates is with an enucleation procedure. GreenLight Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (GLEP) is a technique performed by Dr. Karpman, ensuring that the maximum amount of tissue overgrowth can be removed. Dr. Karpman’s technique is internationally recognized and has been published in the urologic literature. This technique will give patients the most durable result compared to any other minimally invasive procedure your surgeon can perform. The following is an instructional video of the actual GLEP procedure.
Aquablation is a minimally invasive procedure that is image-guided and driven by robotics. Aquablation provides patients with an effective way to remove tissue caused by the adenoma without using heat sources. A pressurized water beam driven by a computer can precisely remove the majority of adenomatous tissue causing a patient’s urinary symptoms. Aquablation 480p
A minimally invasive procedure called Urolift has recently received FDA approval and has become available for patients in the United States. Urolift is a ten-minute procedure that can help men suffering from BPH symptoms relieve their symptoms if they have the right prostate geometry. Urolift is the only BPH surgical procedure that does not affect a man’s ejaculatory function, preserving the fluid that normally is released during climax.
No. BPH is benign, and the most common prostate problem for men over 50.
No. Prostates continue to grow as men age, but treatment will improve or rectify symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life.
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