BPH Specialist in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 

The team at Metropolitan Urology Group, have years of experience treating benign prostatic hyperplasia, even when it’s resistant to oral medications. Prostate enlargement can occur for many different reasons, including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer. Our team of urologists serve the greater Milwaukee area and are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of an enlarged prostate.

Our team uses minimally invasive procedures to help relieve the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Procedures such as UroLift offer you shorter recovery times, less risk for infection and fewer side effects than open prostate surgery or TURP.

How is an enlarged prostate diagnosed?

The most common way to diagnose BPH or an enlarged prostate is a digital rectal exam (DRE). In this exam, a gloved and lubricated finger is inserted into the rectum to gently palpate the gland and determine if it feels abnormal or enlarged. A blood test can also be ordered to check for the substance called prostate-specific antigen or PSA. Higher than normal levels of PSA have been associated with prostate cancer in some men. If prostate cancer is suspected, a biopsy may be performed. Other methods to evaluate the prostate include a cystoscopy and/or ultrasonography.

If you would like more information about BPH symptoms or treatment and are in the Milwaukee area, contact Metropolitan Urology Group at (414) 476-0430. Our office is conveniently located at The Offices at Mayfair, 2600 N. Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa.

What is BPH?

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. BPH is a very common condition that affects over 42 million men in the US1 and over 660 million aging men worldwide.2.3 Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH.2 While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.

As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms. If left untreated, BPH can lead to permanent bladder damage.

Symptoms include:5,6

  • Frequent need to urinate both day and night
  • Weak or slow urinary stream
  • A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
  • Difficulty or delay in starting urination
  • Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
  • A urinary stream that stops and starts

Symptoms of BPH can cause loss of productivity, depression, and decreased quality of life.7

If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.8

You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire. Sharing this information with your physician will help them understand the severity of your symptoms.

normal prostate vs protate with BPH

Even watchful waiting has its risks. Bladder outlet obstruction could result in irreversible bladder damage if left untreated4

Bladder and Enlarged Prostate

References

  1. NeoTract US Market Model estimates for 2020, data on file.
  2. Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
  3. US Census Bureau international database worldwide population estimates for 2020
  4. Tubaro, Drugs Aging 2003
  5. Rosenberg, Int J Clin Pract 2007
  6. Vuichoud, Can J Urol 2015
  7. Speakman, BJUI International 2014
  8. IMS Health NDTI Urology Specialty Profile Report 2013

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