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Best enlarged prostate treatment options

If you’re struggling with symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) such as incontinence, urinary urgency, and pelvic pain, you may be able to decrease their severity by making some lifestyle changes. For example, remaining active, decreasing your intake of alcohol and caffeine, and urinating as soon as you feel the urge can help you to feel somewhat better. However, BPH is common and tends to worsen over time. That means most men will eventually need to consider medical intervention.

Prescription Medication

Alpha blockers are the most common classifications of medication prescribed by physicians. The medication relaxes the muscles of the prostate as well as the neck muscles of the bladder. This makes it easier and more comfortable to urinate. When the medication is effective, you should notice a stronger urine stream and decreased urinary frequency within a few days. Unfortunately, the medication sometimes ceases to be effective when a man has taken it for a while or it may never work at all.

Invasive Surgery

According to information published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), transurethral surgery is the most common type of invasive procedure used to treat BPH. A surgeon locates and cuts away prostate tissue that covers the urethra by inserting a device called a resectoscope through an opening in the penis.

Transurethral incision is an alternative type of surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon makes incisions in the prostate and the neck of the bladder. The purpose of the incisions is to increase urine flow by widening the urethra.

Outpatient Treatment with the UroLift System

UroLift is a non-invasive surgical procedure completed in a urologist’s office in under one hour. You will receive local anesthesia and return home the same day without a catheter. During the procedure, your doctor will place permanent implants that relieve pressure on your urethra to make it easier for you to urinate. You may experience mild side effects after receiving UroLift such as blood in your urine or burning while urinating. These symptoms typically resolve in about two weeks.

Two weeks is also the average timeframe to notice significant improvement or absence of BPH symptoms. Most men return to work within one to two days of the procedure. If you have tried lifestyle changes and medication with little to no improvement and don’t care to have invasive surgery, UroLift could be the ideal solution to finally eliminate the symptoms of BPH and get your life back.

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