Over time, a man’s prostate gland will likely enlarge. It’s a normal occurrence, although it can cause problems with urination. Board-certified urologist Dr. Erin McCormick and her team at McCormick | Finger Urology can diagnose and offer ways you can manage the symptoms of this benign condition. Men in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley who suspect they may have an enlarged prostate can call the office in Harlingen, Texas or book an appointment online today.
Your prostate is a gland that secretes semen and helps carry the sperm from the testicles. It surrounds the urethra, which is responsible for carrying urine from your bladder through the tip of the penis. As a man ages, his prostate typically enlarges.
Because the prostate is in proximity to the urethra, an enlarged prostate can cause problems with urination. Specific issues include:
If you’re not bothered by the urinary symptoms related to an enlarged prostate, and there’s no infection associated, you may choose not to have treatment. However, if you find the enlarged prostate is interfering with your quality of life, consult Dr. McCormick.
Issues that do require treatment of your enlarged prostate:
Because symptoms of an enlarged prostate can lessen on their own without treatment, Dr. McCormick may suggest monitoring your condition for a while.
She may prescribe special types of medication that have been approved for treatment of the urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate.
She also offers Prostiva® radiofrequency treatment for an enlarged prostate. It’s a safe, effective, and nonsurgical way to reduce associated symptoms. Prostiva delivers low-level radiofrequency to trim excess prostate tissue, which reduces pressure on the urethra.
In some cases, surgery may be required to resolve severe problems associated with an enlarged prostate. Transurethral resection of the prostate is the most common and well-received operation for resolution of an enlarged prostate. During this procedure, Dr. McCormick removes the inner portions of the prostate to relieve pressure on the urethra.
Less commonly, surgeries such as a transurethral incision, which makes urination easier, may be recommended instead. A more limited operation called a transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP) may be an option for some men.
In this operation, instead of removing prostate tissue, the doctor passes an instrument through the urethra to make one or two small cuts in the prostate. These cuts reduce the prostate's pressure on the urethra, making urination easier.
In some cases, Dr. McCormick removes a part of the prostate using a laparoscopic technique to alleviate urinary symptoms.
If you have the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, call or book an appointment online with McCormick | Finger Urology for information about diagnosis and treatment.