Treatments for Prostate Enlargement
By the age of 65 approximately 50% of men will experience symptoms of benign prostatic enlargement.
What is the prostate gland?
The prostate is a gland that lies just beneath the bladder and is normally about the size of a chestnut. The urethra (water pipe) runs through the middle of the prostate gland. The main function of the prostate is during your reproductive life where it contributes fluid to to the semen and allows sperm to be motile and aids fertilisation.
What happens as men get older?
The prostate slowly enlarges as men get older and can cause bladder symptoms which are more bothersome with age. By the age of 65 approximately 50% of men will experience symptoms of benign prostatic enlargement.
How does the prostate affect male sexual function?
Because of its anatomical position, diseases of the prostate can affect male sexual function. Treatment of prostatic disease itself can also affect male sexual function. At London Men's Clinic we believe in treatment of the prostate in a minimally invasive way to achieve maximum effect whilst limiting side-effects such as sexual dysfunction. Traditional treatments such as cutting techniques (TURP or open surgery) are no longer the first line options. Where appropriate we offer we offer minimally invasive treatments such as Urolift, REZUM and laser vaporisation. These techniques cause less trauma and less sexual dysfunction than traditional techniques. At London Men's Clinic Professor Persad now offers these techniques to men with prostate enlargement.
What about elevated PSA levels?
An elevated PSA (prostate specific antigen) can be measured in the blood. This is most often due to prostate enlargement but can also be due to underlying prostate cancer. Using state of the art MRI imaging of the prostate, targeted biopsies of the abnormal areas can be performed and characterise the prostate cancer if present.
The team at London Men’s Clinic offer a multidisciplinary approach in the management of men presenting symptoms of prostate enlargement. If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate enlargement, your treatment team will discuss your options with you. It’s important to weigh the benefits of each treatment option against the possible risks and side effects.