Could those frequent nighttime bathroom trips be caused by prostate enlargement?
As men get older, it’s actually quite common for many of them to deal with prostate enlargement (also referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or simply BPH). In fact, this condition affects more than 27 million US men over the age of 50. If left untreated, this can lead to bladder stones, infections and even renal failure. Therefore, if you are noticing changes in urination it’s important that you turn to our Austin, TX, urologist Dr. Lucas Jacomides for care.
What are the signs and symptoms of prostate enlargement?
An enlarged prostate can also put pressure on the urethra, causing a number of urinary issues including:
- Frequent urination throughout the day (or at night)
- Sudden urge to urinate
- Pain with urination
- Weak or delayed urine flow
- Trouble urinating
- Feeling as if the bladder isn’t fully empty after urinating
There is also a simple symptom quiz that you can take to figure out whether or not you should visit a urology doctor in Austin, TX. If you are a man over the age of 50, these symptoms could very well be due to prostate enlargement.
How is BPH diagnosed?
Our urologist will ask you a series of questions about the type and severity of the symptoms you are experiencing before determining the best test or tests to perform that will provide the most accurate diagnosis. Some of these diagnostic tests include:
- Urine flow test
- Digital rectal exam
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test
- Transrectal ultrasound
- Prostate MRI
- Flexible cystoscopy
How is prostate enlargement treated?
If symptoms are mild then no treatment may be necessary; however, early intervention is usually key to prevent complications such as urinary tract infections or bladder damage. The first course of action is prescribing a daily medication.
There are several kinds of medications that have been FDA approved to alleviate symptoms associated with prostate enlargement and improve urine flow. If medication doesn’t provide the patient with the relief they need then our urologist may recommend Endoscopic surgery to remove obstructing prostate tissue. There are several surgical techniques used to remove excess tissue and to improve urinary issues caused by BPH.
If you are an older man who is dealing with frequent urination or other urological issues in Austin, TX, you could be dealing with prostate enlargement. Call Greater Austin Urology today to schedule an appointment today.