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Enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a common condition that men experience.
As men age, the prostate grows. This increases the likelihood of symptoms, such as:
While BPH is not often a topic of conversation, it is more common than you might expect. In fact, 50 percent of men who are age 50 or older may have symptoms. This increases 10 percent for each additional decade of life: 60 percent of men age 60, 70 percent of men age 70, etc.
While there is not a test to diagnose BPH, symptoms guide treatment. The treatment for each patient is based on each man’s individual symptoms, prostate size, age, and tolerance of potential side effects of treatment. Fortunately, we have a variety of treatments for enlarged prostate available at our Minimally Invasive Urology Institute (MIUI).
You can read more about our treatments for BPH here.
There are also lifestyle changes you can make to minimize the symptoms of BPH. If you smoke, quit. You should also avoid or limit foods or drinks that can irritate the bladder, including:
Many men will cut back on how much water they drink in an effort to reduce frequent trips to the bathroom. Actually, this can negatively affect you. It is important to stay hydrated throughout the day. If you are getting up multiple times overnight to use the bathroom, try to avoid drinking large amounts of fluids right before bedtime.
There is no need for men to suffer the effects of an enlarged prostate. With new and evolving minimally invasive procedures, our team will work with you to identify the best treatment options to help you get back to your life.
Learn more about our program and how we can help you.
Gyan Pareek, MD, is a director of the Minimally Invasive Urology Institute and director of the Kidney Stone Center at The Miriam Hospital. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Dr. Pareek was part of a team at The Miriam Hospital that performed the first robotic prostatectomy in Rhode Island.