Current treatments for Enlarged Prostate Glands
While some doctors recommend it, researchers have questioned the need for early treatment when the prostate gland is just mildly enlarged. The results of their studies indicate that early treatment may not be needed because the symptoms of BPH clear up without treatment in one-third of all mild cases.
For cases where symptoms present challenges to quality of life, the choice of a treatment is based on the severity of those symptoms and the presence of any other medical conditions.
Treatment regimes generally include lifestyle changes, medications, surgical procedures and herbs.
Lifestyle Changes include the following:
Medications are the most common treatment for moderate symptoms of prostate enlargement and include those listed below.
|Drug||Action||Common Side Effects|
terazosin, doxazosin (Cardura), tamsulosin (Flomax), alfuzosin (Uroxatral) and silodosin (Rapaflo)
| 5 alpha reductase inhibitors|
finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart)
Note. Taking an alpha blocker and a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor at the same time is generally more effective than taking just one or the other by itself
Surgery may be recommended if the following arise and/or persist:
The choice of a specific surgical procedure is usually based on the severity of your symptoms and the size and shape of your prostate gland.
All prostate gland surgeries reduce the size of the prostate gland and open the urethra by treating the enlarged prostate tissue that blocks the flow of urine.
Any type of prostate surgery can cause side effects, such as semen flowing backward into the bladder instead of out through the penis during ejaculation (retrograde ejaculation), loss of bladder control (incontinence) and impotence (erectile dysfunction).
| Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the most common and proven surgical treatment for BPH. |
TURP is done by inserting a special lighted scope (resectoscope) into your urethra and using small cutting tools to remove all but the outer part of the prostate (prostate resection).
TURP usually relieves symptoms quickly, and most men have a stronger urine flow soon after the procedure, but there is risk of bleeding and infection, and a catheter needed temporarily, to drain the bladder.
Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP or TIP) may be of choice if the prostate is small or only moderately enlarged and especially if you have health problems that make other surgeries too risky.
Like TURP, TIP involves special instruments that are inserted through the urethra but instead of removing tissue, small cuts are made in the prostate gland so that the urethra can open up for urine to pass more freely.
Simple prostatectomy involves making an incision through the abdomen or perineum (the area behind the scrotum) to remove the inner part of the prostate gland. It is generally done if the prostate is very large or if there is bladder damage or other complicating factors, such as bladder stones.
Other minimally invasive surgical procedures are available including:
Some of the herbal treatments that have been suggested as helpful for reducing enlarged prostate symptoms include:
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