Urology and Prostate Care at Baddow Hospital

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)

About 10% of men in their forties and up to 90% of men in their eighties have benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is the enlargement of the prostate gland, which is part of the normal ageing process in men and occurs most often in men over the age of 60 as the prostate grows and compresses the urethra.

BPH in itself is harmless but it may obstruct urine flow and cause discomfort and can lead to other conditions.

Typical Symptoms of BPH

Typical symptoms may include:

  • Hesitancy: difficulty in starting urine flow, even when your bladder feels full; when urinating your flow is weak or interrupted.
  • Incomplete emptying: a feeling the bladder is not completely empty after passing urine.
  • Frequency: a need to urinate, often during the day and during the night (increased need to urinate in the night is a very early symptom of BPH).
  • Urgency: the need to urinate immediately (some men may experience involuntary discharge of urine, which is known as urge incontinence).
  • Trickling of urine after urination (terminal dribbling).
  • Dysuria: a burning sensation or pain during urination.
!It’s important to emphasise that the above symptoms do not necessarily prove that the prostate is enlarged and that benign prostatic hypertrophy is also not cancerous.

Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

Your Consultant will advise as to the various treatment options available for benign prostatic hypertrophy. However the main treatments are identified as :

Drug Treatments:

These will be discussed with your Consultant Urologist but the two main drugs prescribed are Alpha – blockers and 5-Alpha-reductase inhibitors

BPH procedures :

The traditional and standard procedure for treating benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) has always been TUPR( transurethral resection of the prostate). Baddow Hospital and Mr Ranjan Thilagarajah and Mr Henry Lewi  specialise however in two other less invasive procedures called Green Light Laser and Urolift.

Green Light Laser
Green Light Laser is a minimally invasive procedure which uses a specialised laser to treat BPH. It is carried out on a day-case basis. Find out more here.
Urolift is a recently developed procedure that takes under 30 minutes to carry out. It causes minimal discomfort and you’ll be able to leave hospital within hours.

Find out more.