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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) — also called prostate gland enlargement — is a common condition as men get older. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms and bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.
Your prostate gland is located beneath your bladder and the tube that transports urine from the bladder out of your penis (urethra) passes through the center of the prostate. When your prostate enlarges, it beings to block urine flow. The severity of symptoms varies but tends to gradually worsen over time. Common signs and symptoms of BPH include:
- Frequent or urgent need to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination at night (nocturia)
- Difficulty starting urination
- Weak urine stream or a stream that stops and starts
- Dribbling at the end of urination
- Inability to completely empty the bladder
If you're having urinary problems, discuss them with your provider. Even if you don't find urinary symptoms bothersome, it's important to identify or rule out any underlying causes. Untreated, urinary problems might lead to obstruction of the urinary tract.
There are several effective treatments for prostate gland enlargement, including medications, minimally invasive therapies and surgery. The best treatment choice for you depends on the size of your prostate, age, overall health and the amount of discomfort you are experiencing.
Call 715-838-6150 to discuss your symptoms with one of our board-certified urologists. They are available to see patients in Barron, Bloomer, Eau Claire, Menomonie and Rice Lake.