Prostate enlargement has various adverse effects on your ability to urinate freely and control urination. Call board-certified urologist Micaela Aleman, MD, at Lone Star Urology in Austin, Texas, if you develop enlarged prostate symptoms. Dr. Aleman is an experienced doctor with specialized skills, including performing minimally invasive procedures like transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). Call Lone Star Urology to arrange an enlarged prostate evaluation or schedule a consultation online today.
The prostate gland sits below your bladder, surrounding the urethra (a tube carrying urine out of your body). It produces fluid that mixes with your sperm when you ejaculate. Sometimes, the gland grows bigger, putting pressure on the urethra.
An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia/BPH) commonly develops in men as they age because their prostate gland naturally gets larger throughout their adult life. As the gland grows, it squeezes your urethra, interfering with urine flow.
An enlarged prostate causes symptoms such as:
Symptoms only appear when your prostate enlargement affects the urethra. An enlarged prostate increases your risk of bladder stones and urinary tract infections in severe cases.
Lone Star Urology offers medical and interventional treatment options. Examples include:
Mild to moderate cases of prostate enlargement may improve with medications. Certain drugs relax the muscles in your prostate or limit hormones that cause prostate growth.
TURP removes the parts of the prostate surrounding your urethra. You don’t need an incision because Dr. Aleman guides the instrument (resectoscope) through the urethra.
The scope holds a tiny camera (so she can see the tissues), valves that control irrigating fluid, and an electrical wire loop. The loop cuts the prostate tissues and seals blood vessels while the irrigating fluid carries the tissues away.
Don’t wait to schedule an appointment if you have an enlarged prostate. Call Lone Star Urology or book online today.