“Benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH is a very common pathology in men, causing discomfort that can significantly affect their quality of life”
The prostate. It is a gland that is present only in men and is part of the male reproductive system, producing most of the semen. The normal prostate has the shape and approximate size of a walnut and is located just outside the urinary bladder. The prostate surrounds the urethra at that level, which leads the urine to the outside.
Enlargement of the prostate. BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia is a benign growth of the prostate gland, with prostate disease being more frequent and affecting more than half of men over 60 years. Although sometimes prostate cancer can coexist with it, they are two totally different diseases that are not related to each other.
Methods of prevention of benign prostatic hyperplasia are not known. Developing BPH is fundamentally related to having relatives who have suffered it.
Holmium laser surgery (HoLEP) is the most effective technique for the treatment of BPH. It allows a high precision operation with a very short recovery time. It is also the most versatile and can treat non-operable cases with other techniques such as green laser.
Symptoms of BPH
What you may notice if you have BPH. Although sometimes BPH does not cause any discomfort, the symptoms can become very uncomfortable and condition the patients’ quality of life tremendously. Most men with BPH have at least one or more of the following symptoms, called lower urinary tract symptoms (UTIs):
- Waking up and getting up frequently at night to urinate
- Difficulty starting urination or maintaining urination
- Weak stream of urine, weak or choppy during urination
- Feeling of not being able to completely empty the bladder
- Need to urinate quite often
- Feeling of having to pee imperiously
- Having urine leakage before reaching the sink to urinate
STUI are not always caused by prostatic growth, sometimes caused by problems with the bladder or urethra. However, the most normal is that in a patient of a certain age are due to obstruction generated by the prostate on the exit of the bladder. It is important to know that they are almost never related to prostate cancer.
Inadverted start. At first, as the prostate grows and obstructs the exit of the urine during urination, the bladder muscle increases its thickness and strength, compensating for that initial difficulty. At this time the patient with BPH may not notice special discomfort related to urination.
Progressive worsening. However, the prostate continues to grow indefinitely, with which comes a time when the bladder can not compensate. Then the symptoms of BPH appear.
Important complications. Symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia will progressively worsen if left untreated, which can cause significant health problems for the patient. This includes urinary bleeding, incontinence, infections, bladder lithiasis and even urine retention and irreversible renal failure.