Enlarged Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that affects more than 50 percent of men over the age of 60. Dr. Kaplon in Sarasota, FL offers a variety of urology treatment options for BPH.
Drug therapy is often used to provide relief from symptoms and to help reduce the enlargement of the prostate gland. These are especially helpful where the symptoms are mild.
The use of surgical intervention is recommended to relieve or eliminate symptoms and when symptoms are severe or other options haven’t worked. Procedures include:
Prostatectomy – performed to remove large amounts of prostate tissue. This procedure is performed in a hospital and under general anesthesia.
Minimally Invasive Treatments – by their nature, these treatments are not as invasive as surgery and can be performed in an outpatient environment. These can include:
- Thermography – for treating patients with moderate symptoms. This treatment uses heat to destroy prostate tissue.
- Laser Therapy – to treat mild to severe symptoms. This approach most commonly uses GreenLight & trade Laser Therapy together with TURP to provide effectiveness with fewer side effects.
- Urethral Stent – for use with patients who are not candidates for surgery. It involves placing a mesh tube to hold the urethra open at the point where it is obstructed by the prostate gland.
To learn more, check out our section on [Treatment for BPH].