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As they age, men run the very common risk of having an enlarged prostate, also known as Benign Prostate Hyperplasia or BPH. While most men will experience some sort of prostate issue during his life, the good news is that an enlarged prostate does not always indicate a more serious condition such as cancer. However, an enlarged prostate does bring with it its own set of inconveniences and problems. If you are experiencing any of the following signs, changes are you may have an enlarged prostate and should seek treatment as soon as you can before matters become worse.

Nocturia: midnight bathroom runs.

It starts innocently enough, with a few midnight trips to the bathroom. But over time, the trips become more frequent, making long car rides or meetings at work difficult to bear without removing oneself to void.

Difficulty urinating.

When the prostate gland, which surrounds the urethra, enlarges, it can shut off the ability to urinate, making urination difficult and sometimes painful. Urinary hesitancy occurs when the stream starts slowly until it becomes consistent. At times, there is a sensation of wanting to urinate, but with moot results. Weak flow is also a symptom of an enlarged prostate.

Frequent urinary tract infections.

When the bladder doesn’t fully void, there runs a risk of developing chronic urinary tract infections. While more common in women, UTIs are do occur in men with enlarged prostate; that’s because bacteria can build up over time if it is not carried away through urination. Any sort of burning sensation, chills, or cloudy urine may be signs of a urinary tract infection and, thus, an enlarged prostate.

Blood in Urine

An enlarged prostate may also present as blood in the urine; this may mean that there are other complications involved, such as an infection or possibly cancer.

Treatment

Treating BPH depends on the extent of one’s symptoms, the size of the prostate, the age of the patient and the amount of discomfort caused by the prostate’s enlargement. After confirming your condition with a series of tests, your urologist may choose a more conservative measure of treatment, such as medication; or surgical treatment if your symptoms are more advanced

Your Urologist in Milford

If you have any of the above symptoms of an enlarged prostate or are experiencing any other urological concerns, contact the Urology Specialists of Milford by calling (508) 473-6333, or request an appointment online. Don’t suffer in silence, an enlarged prostate is extremely common and fairly simple to treat, as long as you are willing to get checked. Trust your prostate health to the best – call us today.

July 12, 2019
Category: Urologist
Tags: Urologist   Urology   bladder   kidneys   penis   prostate   testes   ureters   urethra  

Urology is a specialty. A urologist specializes in treating issues of the urinary tract and also external reproduction organs. Urologists treat issues that affect kidneys, bladder, ureters, urethra, testes, penis and prostate.

Urology Specialists of Milford, LLC treats a wide range of urological disorders. A few follow below.

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections can be a recurring problem for both men and women, though women are plagued with urinary tract infections 10 times more than men. UTI’s are an issue that affects the bladder and urethra in the lower tract and the kidneys and ureter in the upper tract. For women, lower tract infections may originate during sexual activity, when bacteria are carried to the urethra through the urinary tract. The proximity of the urethra and the genital area for men and women facilitate the occurrence.

Reducing the risk of an infection to the urinary tract is possible by taking a few precautions. 

  • When you feel the urge to urinate, don’t put it off. Urinate when needed. This is especially important following sexual intercourse. Urinating will assist in removing bacteria from the urinary tract. Women should remember to wipe from front to back to avoid transferring bacteria.
  • Reducing the number of sexual partners will also reduce the chance of chronic urinary tract infections and of course of sexually transmitted diseases, too. 
  • Before and after sex, partners should wash their hands. There are a proportion of bacteria located at the groin, rectum and anus areas. Transferring bacteria to the urethra can occur through touch.
  • If urinary tract infections commonly reoccur, then ask your physician about a preventative routine that could include antibiotics.  

Enlarged Prostate

A urologist treats an enlarged prostate, which is most common for men who are 40 years of age and older. When the prostate gland begins to grow larger it can be associated with the aging process. The natural process is called benign prostatic hyperplasia. However, if the prostate becomes abnormally large, it can be a signal that something is wrong, as it causes the urethra to become narrow and problems with urination can ensue. It is a health issue that is common in men that are 60 years of age and older. See a urologist if you have difficulty urinating or if dribbling occurs following urination. An enlarged prostate may also cause a man to leak urine or to have an increasing number of trips to the bathroom at night to urinate. Blood in the urine is also a symptom.

Kidney Stones

Mineral deposits that develop in the urinary tract are commonly known as kidney stones. The minerals gather and cluster together in urine. Smaller stones can be passed during urination, but larger stones may block urine since the deposits block a ureter coming from the kidney. 

A few symptoms of kidney stones include constantly feeling as if you have to urinate, an intense burning sensation during urination, blood passed through the urine and extreme pain in the area of the kidneys. A person with a kidney stone might also experience nausea and vomiting might follow. If symptoms continue to worsen, see a medical professional.

Infertility

A urologist will treat male infertility. The treatment is dependent upon what’s causing infertility. The specialist will conduct a health history and tests to make a diagnosis and to move forward with the case. There are three different types/categories of treatment: Non-surgical, surgical and treatments for unknown causes of male infertility.

Cancer

Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg of Urology Specialists of Milford, LLC is a leading expert in prostate cancer and also treats men with testicular cancer and kidney and bladder cancer in both men and women.

The second leading cause of cancer death for men is prostate cancer. The blood test for prostate cancer is simple, only taking 15 minutes to receive results. Make an appointment to check for prostate cancer, especially if you have a family history of the disease. In addition to checking for prostate cancer, Urology Specialists of Milford, LLC, will also treat kidney and bladder cancer. We also have a kidney stone center where we can evaluate and treat your condition.