Enlarged Prostate

Center for Advanced Urology & Robotics

Bassem Eldaif, MD, FACS

Urologist located in Melbourne, FL

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate, affects approximately 50% of men aged older than 50. At the Center for Advanced Urology & Robotics, expert urologist Dr. Bassem Eldaif evaluates and treats BPH in men in and around Melbourne, Florida. If you have symptoms of an enlarged prostate, call his office or book an appointment online to learn about the available treatment options.

Enlarged Prostate Q & A

What is an enlarged prostate?

The prostate is an organ that helps make a fluid important to the health of sperm in a man’s semen. When this gland, usually about the size of a walnut, becomes enlarged, it’s diagnosed as benign prostatic hyperplasia. This condition is nonmalignant, commonly occurs in older men, and does not lead to cancer.

 

What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?

As your prostate grows in size, it can put pressure on the urethra, affecting your urine stream. The symptoms of this enlargement include:

  • Slow urine flow
  • The urgent and frequent need to urinate — day and night
  • Urinary tract infections

In some cases, an enlarged prostate can result in a serious condition where it blocks your urethra and halts the flow of urine.

 

How’s an enlarged prostate treated?

There are different modalities for treatment such as behavioral modifications, medications, or minor surgical procedures if needed. If you’re among this population, Dr. Eldaif may recommend one of a number of minimally invasive laser, UroLift, or ablation procedures relieve the obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate.

Laser treatments are safe alternatives to conventional surgery and usually entail shorter healing times and no blood loss. Dr. Eldaif typically performs these procedures under anesthesia for maximal efficiency and patient comfort.  One of the lasers that Dr. Eldaif uses is the GreenLight Laser.  This video illustrates the laser vaporization of the prostate.

 

How does the UroLift System treat an enlarged prostate?

In some cases, you may benefit from alternatives to laser treatment for enlarged prostate. That’s why Dr. Eldaif provides the FDA-approved, minimally invasive UroLift System as a treatment for an enlarged prostate.

The UroLift procedure involves placing tiny, permanent implants during an outpatient procedure, to relieve prostate obstruction and open the urethra. The implants lift the excess prostate tissue out of the way. UroLift involves no cutting or removal of tissue.

After this innovative procedure, you’re likely to experience improvement in your symptoms after just two weeks. Recovery is quicker than with conventional surgery.

 

Will treatment for an enlarged prostate affect my sexual function?

Most treatments have minimal if any sexual side effects. Research has shown that UroLift, in particular, does not cause long-term sexual dysfunction. If you had problems prior to prostate treatment, these conditions may persist.

 

How Does Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy Work?

Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses the natural energy stored in a few drops of water to treat the excess prostate tissue causing BPH symptoms. So you can get back in the game quickly. No need to be in the hospital. And no need to continue taking BPH medications.

The Rezūm Procedure

The doctor will use a hand-held device that passes through the urethra to reach the prostate. A tiny amount of steam is injected into the prostate to impact part of the swollen prostate tissue that is putting pressure on the urethra and causing the bothersome symptoms of BPH. 

The energy transported by the water damages the offensive cells, which in turn causes them to die. Over time, the body absorbs the treated tissue as part of the natural healing process, and as it does, symptoms of BPH are relieved.

Lasting Results

Clinical data has shown that the Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy is safe and effective in relieving lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH without compromising sexual function – and the treatment appears effective for at least five to six years.

Benefits:

  • Eliminate BPH medications and their side effects
  • Clinical studies support that Rezūm relieves symptoms safely and effectively
  • Most patients see symptom improvement within two weeks
  • Simple in-office/out-patient therapy
  • Does not require general anesthesia
  • Preserves erectile and urinary functions
  • Ability to return to regular activities within a few days
  • Symptom relief that lasts for years
  • No permanent implant

Risks:

As a minimally invasive procedure, Rezūm has demonstrated fewer side effects compared to those typically seen with surgical therapies, but as with any procedure, some of the following side effects may TEMPORARILY occur:

  • Blood in urine
  • Blood in semen
  • Frequent urination
  • Inability to urinate or completely empty the bladder
  • Need for short-term catheterization

 

Most of these events resolve within three weeks of the procedure, but there is a possibility some of these effects may be prolonged.

To relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, call the office of the Center for Advanced Urology & Robotics or book an appointment online to have your condition evaluated by Dr. Eldaif today.