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Minimally Invasive Management of BPH FAQs

Is BPH a rare condition?

No, it is very common. It will affect approximately 50 percent of men between the ages of 51 and 60 and up to 90 percent of men over the age of 80.

Does BPH lead to prostate cancer?

No, BPH is not cancer and cannot lead to cancer, although both conditions can exist together. There are usually no symptoms during the early stages of prostate cancer; so yearly physical examinations and PSA testing are highly recommended.

Which type of drugs are the best?

To date, there are not enough research data to predict who will respond to medical therapy or which drug will be better for an individual patient.

How do I know if oral medications are the best treatment for me?

If you are diagnosed with BPH, you should discuss all treatment options with your urologist. Together, you can decide whether medication or surgical treatment is best for you.

If I am 65 and healthy with mild urinary symptoms, which is the best treatment for me?

As long as your symptoms are mild, your quality of life is not very affected and you do not have any compelling reason to have invasive surgical therapy right away, you can start with watchful waiting or the medical therapies. If those options are ineffective or your symptoms worsen over time, then minimally invasive therapy or surgical treatment may be the answer.

I am 77 with severe heart disease. My cardiologist tells me we cannot fix my heart. Meanwhile, although I am taking tamsulosin I am still having very bothersome urinary symptoms all night long. Which procedure is the best for me?

Most people can have a PVP without adverse events, but it is much riskier for someone with your medical history. After discussing your options with your urologist, one of the minimally invasive procedures that does not require anesthesia might be a better choice for you, for example, TUMT. Also, a combination of medical therapies may help.

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Information provided by the American Urological Association.