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BPH Specialist in Encino, CA

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), more commonly known as an enlarged prostate, is a common condition that affects men throughout the San Fernando Valley as they age. In fact, nearly 20% of American men over the age of 40 experiencing the condition. While it isn’t typically dangerous, BPH can affect the quality of your life and might even cause embarrassment. Dr. Michael J. Hyman takes advantage of the latest technological advancements to offer a variety of effective BPH treatments and provides treatment to men throughout the LA area including Sherman Oaks. If you want to learn more, call (818) 906-1300 to schedule a consultation at our office in Encino, CA.

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What causes BPH?

Your prostate gland grows throughout your life, so a certain amount of growth is perfectly normal. However, some men in the San Fernando Valley will experience greater growth than average, leading to potential issues. One of the most common reasons for this increased growth seems to include a family history of the disease.

Other risk factors for prostate enlargement include conditions such as obesity, diabetes, or heart disease, though it’s unclear why this might be the case.

What is BPH?

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. BPH is a very common condition that affects over 42 million men in the US1 and over 660 million aging men worldwide.2.3 Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH.2 While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.

As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms. If left untreated, BPH can lead to permanent bladder damage.

Symptoms include:5,6

  • Frequent need to urinate both day and night
  • Weak or slow urinary stream
  • A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
  • Difficulty or delay in starting urination
  • Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
  • A urinary stream that stops and starts

Symptoms of BPH can cause loss of productivity, depression, and decreased quality of life.7

If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.8

You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire. Sharing this information with your physician will help them understand the severity of your symptoms.

normal prostate vs protate with BPH

Even watchful waiting has its risks. Bladder outlet obstruction could result in irreversible bladder damage if left untreated4

Bladder and Enlarged Prostate

References

  1. NeoTract US Market Model estimates for 2020, data on file.
  2. Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
  3. US Census Bureau international database worldwide population estimates for 2020
  4. Tubaro, Drugs Aging 2003
  5. Rosenberg, Int J Clin Pract 2007
  6. Vuichoud, Can J Urol 2015
  7. Speakman, BJUI International 2014
  8. IMS Health NDTI Urology Specialty Profile Report 2013

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