Welcome to the Urologix BPH Blog
As you research prostatic enlargement you may come across two similar terms Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy. Both can be shortened to BPH and the terms are of often used interchangeably by patients and clinicians alike. While both represent an increase in the size of the prostate, the two phrases do have slightly different meanings.
Plymouth, Minnesota may be a small suburb of Minneapolis, but it packs a major punch in the Medical Technology industry. Almost a quarter century ago, Urologix was founded here and we have seen and participated in the immense influx of med tech companies and jobs over the years. Today, dozens of small and major medical device manufacturers call the Northwest suburbs of Minneapolis home. Local Channel 12 recently interviewed Urologix CEO Greg Fluet about the ever growing med tech industry … Continue reading
When the signs and symptoms of BPH start to affect a man’s life, there is the tendency to jump to conclusions, assume the worst and think surgery is the only option. Luckily, the breadth of BPH treatment options has expanded in the past several decades, with novel approaches available to patients at all stages of their prostatic enlargement. Urologists have expanded their treatment goals to not only alleviate the symptoms of the disease, but also slow the progression of the … Continue reading
The holidays are over and the New Year has begun. Now is the time many of us head south to enjoy some fun in the sun, or perhaps take to the slopes in a winter wonderland. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, may make it very difficult to enjoy outings and vacations that we look forward to this time of year. Those suffering from BPH are often petrified at the thought of not be able to enjoy time with friends and … Continue reading
We received an excellent question from Stanley who asked: “I understand that the CTT procedure may cause a decrease in the outflow of seminal fluid during sex. Doesn’t that make sex less enjoyable ?” Our Answer: Loss of ejaculate has been observed in CTT patients, however such events were temporary or minor, requiring minimal or no medical intervention. You should talk with your Urologist about your concerns with this or any other therapy.
With the significant rise in obesity and related heart disease and diabetes over the past several decades, clinicians have sought to properly describe the complexities of the problem. After all, there are many and varied factors that can cause heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is the phrase now being used to describe the suite of risks that increase the chances of experiencing these very dangerous conditions. Metabolic risk factors include high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low good cholesterol … Continue reading
Some patients visit their urologist after experiencing the symptoms of BPH for the first time only to be told that they should simply wait and see if the symptoms progress. Some may feel that waiting for symptoms to worsen is unacceptable, but in truth it is the most conservative of therapies and it is a legitimate treatment option.
As you discuss BPH treatment options with your urologist, you may find that there are several possible courses of action you can take, based on your unique medical history. It may be hard to choose between those treatments and looking up each option may make it more confusing. You’ll see average rates of effectiveness and retreatment. You’ll see percentages for side effects and risks. What you can’t see is how that affects you individually. After all, each of us is … Continue reading
Erectile Dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence, is a serious concern for anyone who has experienced it, and the risks of developing chronic ED increase with age. Estimates from a recent publication suggest roughly 18 million men in the US are affected by erectile dysfunction1. Anecdotal evidence in the form of advertising for and sales of Erectile Dysfunction drugs shows how prevalent the issue is.
As men age, it is common to encounter both Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, BPH, and low testosterone, known as hypogonadism. Either condition is often disruptive to a man’s life. In an ideal world, both problems would be treated quickly and completely. However, there are concerns over the relationship between testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and the development or worsening of BPH. Concerns center around the fact that testosterone is converted to by the body to dihydotestosterone (DHT), which in turn is known … Continue reading
An enlarged prostate is virtually guaranteed in men as they age. Indeed, 90% of men over 80 have an enlarged prostate. However, this does not necessarily mean that treatment will be indicated or required. It’s a strange reality, but the symptoms of BPH do not necessarily correlate with the degree of prostatic enlargement – some men may have significant growth and few symptoms and vice versa. Ultimately, the treatment plan will largely rest on the degree of disruption to the … Continue reading
We recently had a patient, who had prostate surgery 23 years ago and is once again experiencing BPH symptoms, ask if he is a candidate for an in-office procedure. Our reply: No procedure for BPH or Enlarged Prostate can guarantee complete resolution of symptoms for life. As such, there are times when patients need to consider their options for re-treatment if or when the symptoms of BPH do eventually return.
Over the course of a man’s lifetime there is a very good chance that they will develop the symptoms of an enlarged prostate or BPH. These symptoms can disrupt daily life and include waking up to urinate at night (nocturia), urgency and frequency of urination, and retention of urine in the bladder—a constant feeling of needing to urinate. While we don’t know the cause of prostatic tissue enlargement, we do know that age is by far the greatest risk factor. … Continue reading
One of the most expressed concerns by patients considering an in-office BPH treatment is whether they will feel any pain during or after the procedure. After all, the prostate is located in a very sensitive area of the body. While most patients report feeling minimal discomfort or pain during treatment and for a few days afterward, every patient is different. The urologist performing the procedure will have oral pain medication and local anesthetic available to patients who are particularly sensitive. … Continue reading
Urologix was recently featured on the television series, In View, hosted by Larry King. The segment follows Dean, a man suffering from BPH, and his wife, Julie, through their struggles with his enlarged prostate, how he found relief through an in-office procedure, and the quality of life improvements they have experienced since he had the procedure. The show also features Dr. J. Randolf Beahrs from the Metro Urology Group in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Beahrs is an expert on In-Office … Continue reading
With age, many men will become aware of increasingly troublesome urinary issues. These problems are often a result of an enlarged prostate or BPH. It is common to do nothing about their symptoms because they believe that can cope with the discomfort. Others are embarrassed or unwilling to see a physician. Either way, ignoring the symptoms of BPH can cause significantly lower quality of life and increase the chance of more serious medical conditions. It is important to note that … Continue reading
Urologix is proud to announce that we will be appearing on In View, hosted by Larry King, airing on Fox Business Network, Saturday April 5th, 2014 at 1:00p.m., EDT and PDT. As part of our dedication to the men and loved ones affected by BPH, we teamed up with In View to provide a segment on BPH and treatment alternatives to medication,including our own in-office minimally invasive treatments. Urologix physician proctor, Dr. J. Randolph Beahrs and a Prostiva RF patient and his wife will discuss … Continue reading
On the surface, it may seem that the prostate gland (a walnut sized organ surrounding the urethra) doesn’t do a whole lot. In fact, if the prevalence of BPH is any indication, it might seem that the prostate is more of a problem than an advantage.
Most men who experience urinary problems associated with BPH have two major impediments to seeking appropriate and swift treatment. First, is the embarrassment that many feel as a result of their Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms or LUTS. It is perfectly natural to feel some apprehension when discussing sensitive issues such as these. However, the symptoms of LUTS can be disruptive and interfere with your everyday activities and enjoyments. Many men spend years changing their habits and behaviors to avoid potentially … Continue reading
Urologix is very excited to announce a partnership with a Prostiva RF patient to bring first-hand experience to our website visitors. From describing the symptoms of what motivated him to seek treatment to the procedure, recovery and results, Brandon offers a level of perspective that cannot be accurately conveyed by anyone other than a patient like himself. The goal of these patient blogs is to disseminate information on both the signs and symptoms of BPH as well as the treatments … Continue reading