There are several treatment options for an enlarged prostate
. You can take alpha-blockers such as terazosin
) or tamsulosin
(flomax) to help relax the prostate and bladder muscles. You can also take dutasteride
(avodart) or finasteride
(proscar), a different kind of medication for reducing bph symptoms
if your enlarged prostate symptoms are mild and not bothersome, there's likely no need for treatment. One-third of men with mild bph find that their symptoms clear up without treatment.
There are several types of minimally invasive or surgical therapies.
Transurethral resection of the prostate (turp)
a lighted scope is inserted into your urethra, and the surgeon removes all but the outer part of the prostate. Turp generally relieves symptoms quickly, and most men have a stronger urine flow soon after the procedure. After turp you might temporarily need a catheter
to drain your bladder.
Transurethral incision of the prostate (tuip)
a lighted scope is inserted into your urethra, and the surgeon makes one or two small cuts in the prostate gland — making it easier for urine to pass through the urethra. This surgery
might be an option if you have a small or moderately enlarged prostate gland, especially if you have health problems that make other surgeries too risky.