Treatment options for enlarged prostate


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Treatment options for enlarged prostate

  1. 1. Treatment Options for Enlarged Prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia It is common for a mans prostategland to become enlarged as he ages.However, just because it is a commonoccurrence, it does not diminish theseriousness or discomfort of an enlargedprostate, also called benign prostatichyperplasia (BPH). Medical Treatments Men who suffer from the symptoms of BPH typically need to undergosome sort of medical treatment. There are various methods used today to treatan enlarged prostate and its symptoms. Drug Therapy Uroxatralapproved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to relievethe symptoms of BPH. Buy Uroxatral Online at Minimally Invasive Therapy Not all patients responded well to drug therapy. At this time, doctors lookinto the feasibility of minimally invasive treatments that are less invasive thanconventional surgery. Some options include: Transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT): The treatment sendscomputer-regulated microwaves through a catheter to carefully destroy excessprostate tissue Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA): TUNA works by delivering low levelsof radio frequency energy through a pair of needles to burn away part of theenlarged prostate while protecting the urethra from heat damage.
  2. 2. Water-induced thermotherapy: Using a specially made cathetercontaining a treatment balloon, this treatment uses heated water to destroyexcess tissue. High-intensity focused ultrasound: Not yet approved by the FDA for use inthe United States, this treatment uses ultrasound waves to destroy excessprostate tissue. Surgical Treatment Many doctors view the removal of the enlarged part of the prostate of thebest treatment for BPH. There are a few options for this surgical treatment,including: Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP): This surgery does not requirean external incision, as the surgeon accesses the prostate through the urethraand removes the obstruction one piece of tissue at a time. Open surgery: When TURP is not a viable option, due to a greatly enlargedprostate or other complicating factors, open surgery, which uses an externalincision is used. Laser surgery: A newer surgery and not always effective on largerprostates, laser surgery allows for a faster recovery and less loss of blood. Alternative Treatments In the early stages of BPH, some men opt to making lifestyle changes thathelp relieve symptoms of BPH, without relying on medications or surgeries. BPH Diet Certain foods containing tyramines can trigger an outbreak of BPHsymptoms. By tracking the foods in their diet, men can find a pattern of foodsthat cause a flare-up of enlarged prostate symptoms and avoid these foods intheir diets. Removing Environmental Triggers There has been some anecdotal evidence that the use of householdcleaning products containing citral can trigger BPH symptom flare-ups. Byremoving this element from their environment, men may be able to reduce theoccurrence of BPH symptoms.
  3. 3. Other environmental factors may also trigger symptoms of enlargedprostate. It is important for men to track the possible environmental factors. Although these alternative BPH treatments have been effective for some,it is important to discuss your enlarged prostate treatment with your doctor.Because the symptoms of BPH can also be indicators of prostate cancer, besure to schedule an examination with your physician at the onset of symptoms. Learn more about natural BPH treatment, including an enlarged prostatediet and information at