Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Enlarged Prostate)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous condition in which the enlarged prostate squeezes or blocks the urethra. This can lead to annoying urinary symptoms, such as:

  • Difficulty starting and stopping urination
  • A weak stream
  • Dribbling or leaking
  • The constant feeling of needing to urinate
  • Feeling like the bladder is still full after urination

About 50 percent of all men between the ages of 51 and 60 have BPH.

Incisionless Surgery to Treat Enlarged Prostate

A minimally invasive implant can dramatically reduce BPH symptoms while also preserving sexual function. Read the article.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Treatment

At UC San Diego Health, the first line of treatment for BPH is a safe, minimally invasive implant that can help significantly reduce lower urinary tract symptoms while preserving sexual function. 

The eight-minute procedure is done under light sedation with a device called Urolift. As there are virtually no side effects, this procedure is a good alternative to traditional surgeries that require removal of prostate tissue, which can cause complications such as erectile and ejaculatory dysfunction. 

BPH may also be treated with a type of prostate surgery called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). This surgery treats an enlarged prostate by removing the inner part of the prostate gland. The surgery takes about one hour and can be done under general or spinal anesthesia.

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La Jolla