If you are told you have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition that enlarges the prostate as people with prostates age and can cause urinary frequency and urgency, knowing the treatment options can be of great value. There are many treatments to help an enlarged prostate. These include drugs, surgery and procedures that involve smaller, fewer or no cuts. Temporary Implanted Prostatic Devices (TIPD) provide therapy that helps lower urinary tract symptoms due to an enlarged prostate without cutting, heating or taking out prostate tissue.
How it works:
This can be done in an office with local blocks or an ambulatory surgical center as an outpatient with mild anesthesia.
The device is placed into the prostate urethra.
The device is taken out after five to seven days.
Benefits may include:
Clear symptom improvement by 30 days post procedure without any tissue removal.
Improved symptom relief for up to three years.
Being able to maintain sexual function with very rare risk for incontinence.
Less invasive option when drugs don’t help reduce symptoms and surgery is not wanted.
Some people may have side effects after the procedure like urinary tract infections, but they are generally mild to moderate. Talk to your doctor to learn more and decide if this treatment is right for you.
To learn more about treatment options for BPH, check out the below resource.
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