Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common problem that causes symptoms such as urinary frequency and urgency. These symptoms may affect quality of life, but there are many effective treatments for BPH. Expert urologist Jared Wallen, MD, and the team at YOU & WEE Urologic Surgery & Wellness in Sarasota, Florida, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of BPH. They take a holistic and minimalist approach to care, offering therapies that address your whole health, not just your BPH. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.
BPH is an enlarged prostate and a common problem for men as they get older.
During puberty, your prostate goes through its first growing phase and doubles in size. Around age 25, the prostate gland starts its second growing phase, which continues for the rest of your life.
Your urethra — the tube that carries urine from your bladder — runs through the center of your prostate. As your prostate enlarges, it compresses the tube, causing urinary symptoms.
Urinary frequency is one of the early symptoms of BPH. You may feel the urge to urinate every 1-2 hours, especially at night. Other BPH symptoms include:
Over time, your BPH may lead to more serious or bothersome health issues, such as urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or kidney damage.
When you visit YOU & WEE Urologic Surgery & Wellness for a BPH consultation, you can expect a comprehensive exam. The team takes a holistic approach to medicine and evaluates your whole-body health, not just your prostate.
During your consultation, the team asks detailed questions about your symptoms, personal medical history, and the types of medications and supplements you take.
Your provider performs a physical exam and rectal exam to assess prostate size and may request bloodwork or urinalysis to screen for health issues such as prostate cancer.
YOU & WEE Urologic Surgery & Wellness offers many treatment options for BPH, including:
Oral medications are the first line of treatment for BPH and include prescriptions that alleviate symptoms and slow down prostate growth.
Rezum water vapor therapy is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure that removes excess prostate tissue to improve urinary symptoms. YOU & WEE Urologic Surgery & Wellness prefers this device, made by Boston Scientific, for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms.
UroLift is a surgically implanted device that “opens the curtains” of the lateral lobes of your prostate. UroLift is an in-office procedure.
Made by Boston Scientific, the GreenLight laser is an outpatient procedure the team at YOU & WEE Urologic Surgery & Wellness uses for advanced cases of BPH. This includes patients who need to use blood thinners or have a large prostate (up to 286 cc).
Patients sometimes experience difficulty urinating after the GreenLight laser procedure due to the local anesthetic.
To schedule your BPH consultation at YOU & WEE Urologic Surgery & Wellness, call the office or book online today.