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Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)

The prostate gland secretes fluid that carries sperm. The gland surrounds the urethra, the canal that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. With age and time, the prostate enlarges, causing pressure on the urethra, similar to a clamp on a garden hose. This causes problems with urination. The most common symptoms of an enlarged prostate include weak urine stream, intermittency, difficulty beginning urination and occasionally, the feeling of incomplete emptying. Over time, the bladder muscle thickens as it works against an enlarged prostate. When this happens, the patient can experience urinary frequency, urgency or urge incontinence, and the need to urinate more at night.

There are several ways to treat BPH. These include surgery, medical treatment, and watchful waiting. The best treatment option depends on the patient’s age, overall health status, how much the patient is bothered by his symptoms, and how enlarged the prostate becomes. We use prostate ultrasound and biopsy to diagnose prostate disorders and prostate cancer.

Prostatitis

This is an inflammation or infection of the prostate gland. It can affect men of all ages and cause urgency to urinate, frequency, and pain with urination as well as discomfort in the groin, prostate area, or back. Sometimes prostatitis is due to an infection caused by bacteria. More commonly, however, the prostate is inflamed for an unknown reason. Prostatitis is commonly treated with antibiotics but we often use other classes of medications as well.

Prostatitis can be difficult to treat and can recur over the course of a lifetime. If you have questions or concerns about prostate health, please contact Wisconsin Institute of Urology at the location nearest you.

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