Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition that affects older men. As men age, the prostate gland continuously grows, which can eventually cause a range of urinary problems like difficulty urinating, a weak urine stream, and frequent urination. These symptoms can disrupt sleep and lead to a number of quality-of-life issues. While BPH medications are often effective in managing these symptoms, some men may find that they do not work well enough or cause unwanted side effects. When BPH medications don’t work, there are several different treatment options to explore.
UroLift is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the insertion of small implants into the prostate gland. The implants hold the enlarged tissue out of the way of the urethra, allowing for improved urine flow. The procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia and typically takes less than an hour. UroLift can significantly improve urinary symptoms while avoiding the sexual side effects that can occur with traditional BPH surgery.
GreenLight Laser Therapy
GreenLight Laser Therapy is a procedure that uses a laser to remove prostate tissue. A thin fiber is inserted into the urethra, which allows the surgeon to precisely target any excess tissue with the laser. Since only the tissue causing urinary obstruction is removed, there are typically fewer side effects than in traditional surgery. Like the UroLift System, GreenLight Laser Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in an outpatient setting. The treatment is highly effective in relieving urinary symptoms and improving quality of life.
Rezum uses water vapor to remove excess prostate tissue. A small device is inserted into the prostate gland through the urethra, which then delivers steam to the targeted tissue. The steam causes the prostate to shrink. It’s another minimally invasive procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia in a doctor’s office or outpatient setting.
Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a surgical procedure that has been used for many years to treat BPH. During the procedure, a surgeon uses a small wire loop to remove excess prostate tissue through the urethra. TURP is highly effective in relieving urinary symptoms but is more invasive than other procedures. TURP requires general anesthesia and typically involves a longer recovery than other procedures. Depending on the severity of your BPH, TURP may be the preferred treatment method.
What To Do When BPH Medications Don’t Work
If you have been taking BPH medications and find that they are not working well enough or are causing unwanted side effects, it’s time to talk to your urologist about other options. Your urologist will partner with you to help you determine which procedure is best for you.
Don’t continue to live with the symptoms of BPH—schedule an appointment today (843) 347-2450 to discuss your options!