If you are a man who makes frequent trips to the restroom, or have a hard time urinating, those are signs that you may have an enlarged prostate. The Urology Foundation reports that more than 37 million men in the United States are affected by an enlarged prostate.
Avoiding the symptoms of an enlarged prostate can cause further complications later on. Untreated BPH can cause urinary tract infections, incontinence, urinary retention (not being able to pee), and kidney stones. Treatment options for an enlarged prostate include medications and surgery. After your consultation, your urologist can make a diagnosis and give you treatment options.
BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), is very common in older men. It means your prostate is enlarged but not cancerous. Treatments for BPH include: medications to help shrink the prostate or relax muscles near your prostate to ease symptoms. Surgery may also be recommended to help shrink the prostate and urine flow.
Dr. Alvi uses a treatment for BPH called Rezūm. Using water vapor therapy, this minimally invasive procedure has shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of BPH. Rezūm works by delivering very small amounts of steam to the enlarged prostate. This process damages the cells causing obstruction, thus reducing the overall size of the prostate and the symptoms associated with having an enlarged prostate.
As a man, having prostate problems can severely impact both lifestyle and love life. Men who suffer from an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) often need to frequently urinate, but if the prostate is enlarged, the urethra could become blocked. Prostate problems can also cause lack of sleep, fatigue, and a reduced quality of life.
The UroLift® System is an FDA-approved technology used to treat men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This is a minimally invasive procedure that holds tissue from the prostate out of the way, and opens up the urethra to relieve obstruction, so urination is no longer a problem. With this procedure, there is no removal of prostate tissue.
Your urologist performs the UroLift procedure by pulling the lobes in your prostate apart, to relieve compression on the urethra. Urine will flow properly again, and most of the feeling of urgency or incontinence, meaning the feeling that you constantly have to go run to the bathroom, will go away. Dr. Alvi will perform this procedure under local anesthesia, as an alternative for patient’s looking to eliminate the use of medication and other more invasive surgical procedures.
Men who undergo the UroLift procedure have said to experience a significant improvement in their quality of life. Symptoms resolve in about two to four weeks after the procedure for most people, but remember that everyone is different.
For patients with BPH, The GreenLight Laser Therapy™ is a procedure that combines the effectiveness of the traditional surgical procedure known as transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURP) with fewer side effects. GreenLight™ uses laser energy to remove tissue from the enlarged prostate. This results in an open channel for urine flow through, but with less risks of sexual and other side-effects common with TURP.
Most patients return home a few short hours after this procedure, and can return to normal, doing non-strenuous activities within days. The GreenLight laser system delivers the ultimate benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) solution, symptom free. Laser vaporization is a less invasive procedure that minimizes blood loss, so it is suitable for patients who must take medications to thin their blood to treat heart disease or other vascular conditions.
Botox does not just reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it also helps patients who suffer from urinary incontinence. By injecting Botox into the bladder, it relaxes the bladder, thus allowing it to store more urine. In some patients with neurological conditions, over activity in the bladder leads to an inability to store urine. By injecting Botox directly into the bladder, patients gain more muscle control and less incontinence.
During a cystoscopy (medical procedure that lets a doctor see inside the bladder), Dr. Alvi will inject Botox into the bladder. Research has shown that those who received Botox have had a significant reduction in weekly incontinence episodes. The most common adverse effects may be a urinary tract infection (UTI) and urinary retention. One injection of Botox may help control incontinence for up to 10 months.
Approximately 33 percent of the adult population in the United States suffers from an overactive bladder (OAB). These patients experience urinary urgency often accompanied by urge incontinence, urinary frequency and excessive need to urinate at night (nocturia). At Urologic Surgeons of Arizona, we offer a complete range of therapies to provide relief for patients with OAB, most commonly Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS).
This type of treatment is called neuromodulation, where a needle is inserted into a nerve in your leg called the tibial nerve. The needle is connected to a device that sends electrical impulses. The impulses travel to the tibial nerve, and then to the sacral nerve, reducing symptoms of PTNS: an overactive bladder (OAB), urinary urgency, urinary frequency, and urge incontinence.
To learn more about the specialized procedures we perform to treat urological disorders, call the office of Urologic Surgeons of Arizona at (480) 409-5060 to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online.