Most men are happy to talk about the MPG (miles per gallon) on their vehicle. Or, the ERA (earned run average) of their favorite pitcher.
But, men often shy away from discussing BPH, even though it’s one of the most common health disorders faced by men aged 50 and older. The problem affects more than 40 to 50 percent of men aged 51 to 60, and by the time men are in their 80s, more than 80 percent will suffer from the disease, as noted in a recent article in Men's Health.
Medically, BPH refers to the condition, benign prostatic hyperplasia. More commonly, it’s called an enlarged prostate. Symptoms of BPH include getting up during the night to go to the bathroom or making frequent bathroom trips to urinate, weak stream and hesitancy (difficulty in starting urination). The symptoms can be irritating, frustrating and inconvenient, but they can also be a sign of a more serious problem, even cancer.
Here are the urinary symptoms that might indicate you have BPH:
• Frequency (feeling the need to urinate often)
• Nocturia (getting up during the night to urinate)
• Urgency (needing to get to the bathroom quickly)
• Incontinence (inability to hold urine)
• Weak stream
• Intermittency (interruption in urinary flow)
• Straining or a feeling of incomplete emptying
Dr. Bahnson was quoted in a recent article on this topic in the Columbus Dispatch:
"Many men of a certain age begin to make preemptive pit stops before a trip across town. They know the location of the supermarket restroom. They think twice about a glass of water before bed. The reason is prostate growth — an inevitable product of aging. Although mostly a nuisance, it can become a serious problem. Benign prostatic hypertrophy — enlargement not related to cancer or other disease — affects about 1 in 4 men by age 55. Symptoms include a frequent and urgent need to urinate, difficulty starting urination, a weak stream and many trips to the toilet overnight."
For an appointment to be evaluated for BPH/urinary retention, please call 614-293-8155. To pursue HoLEP, call Dr. Knudsen for an appointment (614-293-9349).