Himansh Khanna, MD, FACS
Urologist located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common, non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. Dr. Khanna is skilled in treating BPH in men from Brooklyn, Queens and the Greater New York City area, using state-of-the-art methods to reduce symptoms and restore quality of life.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Q&A
What is BPH?
BPH stands for benign prostatic hyperplasia, and it's the most common prostate problem in men over age 50. BPH occurs when the prostate becomes large enough to press against the urethra, making it difficult to urinate or to completely empty the bladder. Over time, the bladder wall thickens and weakens, making it even more difficult to empty it completely when urinating. BPH occurs more commonly with age, affecting about half of men in their 50s and as many as 90 percent of men in their 80s. It's benign, which means it is not cancerous, and it can be treated.
What are some of the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia?
The most common symptoms of BPH include:
frequent need to urinate, even during the night (nocturia)
increased urgency to urinate
difficulty beginning urination
weak urine stream or stream that stops and starts
feeling that you can't empty your bladder
painful urination or painful ejaculation
Some men have few symptoms until complete blockage of urine occurs (acute urinary retention). The number and severity of symptoms is independent of prostate size, which means some men experience symptoms with minor enlargement while other men with significant enlargement may have very mild symptoms.
How is BPH treated?
There are several methods of treating BPH depending on the severity of the symptoms. Lifestyle changes and medication can help many men, while others can benefit from minimally invasive procedures to correct the underlying problem and provide symptom relief. Your treatment will be determined after a complete physical exam and lab work.
How can I prevent BPH?
There is no way to prevent BPH, but regular exams of the prostate can help ensure symptoms are addressed in their earliest stages. Ask Dr. Khanna how frequently you should have a prostate exam.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept most major insurance providers. If you have any questions, please call our office and we will be happy to assist you!
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