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BPH Treatment

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia BPH cannot be cured, but there are several ways to manage this condition. Men with minor symptoms need to have an annual checkup with their doctor. Limiting fluid intake in the evening and using the restroom often can help alleviate some symptoms. For moderate symptoms, there are several prescription medications available. These agents can be used to relax the muscles surrounding the prostate to allow for better urine flow. Other medications are available that reduce prostate size by blocking certain hormones that cause prostate growth. These medications shrink the prostate gradually over a period of months.

Minimally invasive procedures are also available for the treatment of BPH. TUNA, or transurethral needle ablation of the prostate, involves sending radiofrequency signals to heat and shrink prostate tissue and enlarge the prostatic urethra. The end result of the TUNA procedure is an increased flow of urine. This procedure requires only local anesthesia and can be performed right in the physician's office in under an hour. Also available are procedures that use laser lights to treat the enlarged prostate. High intensity light is focused on target prostate tissues, causing tissue cells to vaporize. Laser treatments require less operative time, decrease blood loss, and healing tends to occur faster.

A surgical procedure known as transurethral resection of prostate, or TURP, is available for men with severe symptoms. This procedure involves physically removing enlarged tissue from the prostate. It is more invasive than some other options, but the ability to urinate will return rapidly.

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