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Prostate Problem Guide

Enlarged Prostate Treatment

Before undergoing any form of enlarged prostate treatment it is important to consult your doctor and ensure that you are indeed suffering from a simple and benign case of an enlarged prostate gland and not something more serious.

Having had the condition diagnosed by your doctor your next step is to decide whether or not the problem is bothering you. If it isn’t, then you may feel that enlarged prostate treatment can wait and you will simply live with the problem for the time being and keep an eye on the situation by visiting your doctor for regular check-ups every few months.

However, if you are bothered by the symptoms (or if your doctor considers that there is a risk that you might develop complications) then there are a number of enlarged prostate treatments available.

The first line of treatment for an enlarged prostate will be drug treatment and there are a number of enlarged prostate treatment medications currently in use and others which are under active testing and development. Drug treatment will not normally cure the condition but can certainly provide you with relief from the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. You will have to discuss drug treatment with your doctor, particularly if you are currently taking medication for other conditions. Your doctor will be able to advise you about the likely side effects which enlarged prostate treatment medications carry with them.

If drug treatment is not considered suitable (or if your doctor does not think that such treatment would be effective in your particular case) then the next step is to consider 'minimally invasive' surgery. There are several surgical procedures available today. Some surgical options can even be done on a day-patient basis while others would require a short stay in hospital. In most cases surgery is designed to either shrink the prostate gland or to remove prostate tissue from the area around the urethra to release any constriction on the urethra and restore the flow of urine from the bladder.

Finally, if minimally invasive surgery is not considered a suitable option (or has been tried without success) then enlarged prostate gland treatment will move on to 'full' surgery. Here two frequently performed operations are the TURP and TUIP both of which are often done laparoscopically or using robot technology and require you to stay in hospital for 2 or 3 days. Where TURP and TUIP are not advised, and particularly in cases where the prostate gland is exceptionally enlarged, traditional open surgery may be carried out with hospitalization normally lasting about a week.

Additional Reading:

The Prostate Gland - What Is It And What Does It Do?

Enlarged Prostate - A Normal Part Of The Aging Process

Enlarged Prostate - The Cause Remains A Mystery

An Enlarged Prostate Is A Common Male Problem

Enlarged Prostate Gland - Should I Be Worried?

An Outline Of Enlarged Prostate Symptoms

An Outline Of Enlarged Prostate Treatment

Why Are Enlarged Prostate Symptoms So Often Ignored?

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