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Prostate Problems, BPH & Prostate Cancer

A urologist is trained to diagnose and treat prostate cancer. A man’s risk of developing prostate cancer (1 in 6) is now greater than a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer (1 in 8). A PSA test (prostate-specific antigen) is the first step toward diagnosing prostate cancer.

Your risk of developing prostate cancer is reduced if you have a normal PSA test result combined with a normal digital rectal exam. Your risk is elevated, however, if you have an abnormal PSA test result. Our urologist is trained to do further tests to determine whether you have prostate cancer. If you receive a prostate cancer diagnosis, our urologist will also manage the treatment process.

In addition to treating prostate cancer, urologists treat prostatitis, enlarged prostate, a common condition in older men. As the prostate grows in size it places pressure on the urethra. Symptoms of this condition, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), include the need to frequently urinate, weak urine flow and low back pain.

About BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as BPH, is the term for the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. BPH is a common urinary concern, especially for older men. About half of all men will have some degree of lower urinary tract symptoms by the age of 60, and that number increases to 80% by the time a man reaches 80 years old.

BPH does not cause prostate cancer – they are two separate conditions. However, many of the symptoms of BPH are also shared with prostate cancer, so it is important that you visit your urologist at the first signs of urinary trouble for an accurate diagnosis. The most common symptoms of BPH include:

  • Frequent urination, getting up several times at night to urinate (nocturia) and an uncontrollable urge to urinate
  • Inability to completely empty the bladder (urinary retention), trouble beginning a urine stream, weak flow and the feeling of needing to urinate immediately after using the bathroom
  • Pain during urination (dysuria)

While these symptoms are not life-threatening, they can interfere with a man’s daily life. They can also be disruptive to significant others.

Treatments for BPH

If a patient does not respond well to medications, which can become less effective over time and may have significant side effects, they have several treatment options to consider. These include minimally invasive, in-office BPH therapies such as Prostiva RF therapy (transurethral needle ablation or TUNA) and more invasive surgical procedures such as laser and TURP (transurethral resection of prostate).

Minimally invasive BPH treatment

Prostiva RF therapy, also known as transurethral needle ablation or TUNA, is a minimally invasive in-office treatment for the management of mild to moderate prostatic enlargement due to BPH or enlarged prostate. This therapy uses concentrated radio frequency waves to generate heat within the prostate while sparing surrounding tissue including the urethra. Because of the precision of the technology, the procedure can be performed right here in our office in under an hour. You can learn more about Prostiva RF at http://www.urologix.com.

Prostiva RF therapy relieves BPH symptoms by using radio frequency (RF) energy to reduce excess prostatic tissue, which relieves the constriction of the urethra. A long, thin tube is inserted through the urethra to the prostate. When the device is properly positioned, your urologist will deploy tiny electrodes that deliver directional RF waves right into the prostate to reduce the excess prostatic tissue. As the prostate heals after the procedure, the excess tissue will be absorbed into the body and in about 8 to 10 weeks, the symptoms of BPH should improve.

As with any medical treatment, results will vary between patients. However, Prostiva RF has been proven effective for up to five years after the procedure. Most men will see incremental improvements in lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and flow over the course of 8 to 10 weeks.

Recovery and aftercare

Most patients report minimal discomfort from the Prostiva RF procedure. Pain and discomfort will be managed through mild sedatives or medication during and after the procedure if needed. Because you will be taking medication, you will need to have someone available to drive you home after the procedure.

Some patients may have a catheter inserted after their procedure. This is usually necessary for only a few days and may be mildly uncomfortable. The catheter will be removed at a follow-up appointment. You may feel some discomfort during urination for a couple days after catheter removal.

As mentioned above, the benefits of the procedure may not be fully realized until several weeks later. This time allows the patient’s body to heal and absorb the excess tissue. Please contact our office to learn more about the benefits, risks and considerations of this procedure and if it is right for your particular circumstances.

Call us today to start your journey to better health! Call 732-826-0059 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. We welcome patients from Edison, Woodbridge, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Linden and nearby areas.


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