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.

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.