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Prostate enlargement, often referred to as BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) , is common affecting over 50% of men aged over 50 and 90% of men over 80. It is a non-cancerous (benign) condition and is not to be confused with Prostate Cancer.
As the prostate tissue grows, gradual obstruction of the urethra can occur leading to a reduction in the flow of urine. As a result, the bladder has to work hard to empty, over time making the wall thickened and less capable of storing urine. This leads to a number of symptoms, one of the most common is getting up at night to urinate.
If you feel like these symptoms sound familiar, you can go online and complete the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), this can be found in many websites including RACGP.org.au. Take this to your GP to have a discussion. Following a history and examination, the GP may feel your symptoms require a consultation with a Urologist.
Treatment starts with simple measures and then can progress to medications, minimally invasive procedures or even surgical procedures.
Please note that symptoms of BPH are common among aging men. Have a conversation with your GP and find the right approach to treatment for you.
Dr Richard Savdie, Urologist
Level 9, Suite 905
St Vincent's Clinic
438 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
P: (02) 8382 6959
F: (02) 8004 8116