Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition that affects about half of men in their 60s and up to 90% of men in their 70s and 80s (MayoCinic.com). BPH is when the prostate gland becomes enlarged and compresses the urethra, which will result in the urine flow being partially blocked. Signs of BPH are:
- Weak urine stream
- Difficulty starting urination
- Stopping and starting again while urinating
- Dribbling at the end of urination
- Frequent need to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination at night
- Urgent need to urinate
- Not being able to completely empty the bladder
- Blood in the urine
- Urinary tract infection
If symptoms of BPH are aggravating your life, there are effective treatments available. According to Brad Orvis, M.D. Mayo Clinic Health System urologist at Winneshiek Medical Center, “Patients don’t need to live with urinary difficulties. There are many treatments available with minimal risk.”
At Winneshiek Medical Center, Dr. Orvis uses state-of-the-art technology and techniques to treat BPH. Medications and minimally invasive procedures, including PVP, the newest form of laser treatment, are two of the preferred treatments by Dr. Orvis. PVP, also known as “Green Light” laser treatment, allows for increased patient comfort and safety. It is generally an outpatient procedure. The risk of blood loss is minimal and it can even be performed with minimal risk on patients taking blood-thinners, requiring them to stop the thinner only for a short time.
Make an appointment with Dr. Orvis to learn more about BPH and treatments that can improve your quality of life.
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