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Dec
21 2013

The Truth about BPH

The truth about BPH, or Enlarged Prostate, may be a shocking one. It is a condition that is not well understood in the public domain and, while it is not life-threatening, it is certainly life-alternating.  BPH causes considerable quality of life issues in the men suffering from this disease.  The result is that many men find themselves forced to take medications for the rest of their lives or pursuing more invasive treatment options largely because they did not address their … Continue reading

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Dec
11 2013

What is the AUASS or American Urological Association Symptom Score?

The AUASS is based on a seven question survey in which patients rate the severity of the symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), commonly known as enlarged prostate. The answer to these questions offers insight into how BPH may be affecting a man’s daily routine and quality of life. Patients are asked to rate the frequency of experiencing symptoms over the past month. Each score is ranked on a scale of 1 to 5, with lower scores suggesting fewer … Continue reading

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Nov
30 2013

Let’s Make National Prostate Health Month Every Month

September was National Prostate Health Month in the United States. However, just because we’re now past September, doesn’t mean we should forget the need to increase awareness of prostatic diseases and conditions. These conditions, including prostate cancer, prostatitis and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), affect a significant number of men each and every year. Many prostate problems – as a result of benign or malignant conditions – present the signs and symptoms of prostatic enlargement. Men should visit their physician or … Continue reading

Nov
21 2013

The Difference Between Treating the Symptoms and the Cause

When we discuss treatments for BPH or enlarged prostate we tend to look at a very broad range of options and occasionally ignore one of the most important treatment considerations – does the treatment target the symptoms or the cause of the problem. This differentiation is a very important part of a patient’s discussion with their urologist.

Nov
8 2013

Botox for BPH

BOTOX, a revolutionary advancement in wrinkle management, has been a topic of conversation as a treatment for BPH (Enlarged Prostate). BOTOX, also known as botulinum toxin type A, works to eliminate wrinkles by blocking the communication between nerves and muscles. The result is that the affected muscle is essentially paralyzed, improving the aesthetics of wrinkles in the treated area.1 The same theory has been postured for BPH. By possibly weakening some of the muscles in and around the prostate, bothersome … Continue reading

Oct
23 2013

Taking Pills for BPH – Easy, But Not Always Best

Let’s face it; as a consumer, it’s easy to take a pill. You may already be taking other pills and this is just one more to add to the rotation. As a urologist, prescribing BPH medication is simple as well. It doesn’t take a lot of time and there is no cost to the clinic. In fact, most of the time, the patient will be satisfied at the initial follow-up visit.  A satisfied patient doesn’t complain.  A satisfied patient needs no additional … Continue reading

Sep
26 2013

BPH and Prostate Cancer

BPH is one of the most common health problems in men of advanced age. In fact, the majority of men over the age of 50 will suffer from the symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. These disruptive symptoms can include trouble urinating, urgency in urination and frequency in urination amongst others.

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Jul
8 2013

The History of Prostiva® RF Therapy

Prostiva RF Therapy, also known as Transurethral Needle Ablation or TUNA, is a popular, safe and minimally invasive therapy for those suffering from the symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH. It is currently the only treatment for BPH that uses heat produced by radio frequency to target and kill excess prostatic tissue. The Prostiva RF system is inserted through the urethra and deploys two small electrodes inside the prostate. These electrodes deliver targeted heat where the urologist wants it. … Continue reading

Jun
21 2013

What is the PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen Test?

PSA stands for Prostate-Specific Antigen which is a protein secreted by the prostate. The PSA test measures the volume of PSA in the bloodstream and helps the physician determine whether or not their patient may have signs of prostate cancer. Originally conceived as a test to measure the progress of patients who already had prostate cancer, the test, in conjunction with a digital rectal exam or DRE, was also approved for men who showed no signs of prostate cancer. Today, … Continue reading

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May
29 2013

Urologix Appearing on The Balancing Act Airing on Lifetime

Urologix is very proud to announce that we will be appearing on The Balancing Act, airing on Lifetime this June 4th and again on June 11th. As part of our dedication to the men and loved ones affected by BPH, we teamed up with Lifetime to discuss BPH as a disease and the benefits and risks of various therapies including our own in-office minimally invasive treatments. Urologix physician proctor, Dr. Robert Pugach will appear alongside a Cooled ThermoTherapyTM patient to … Continue reading

May
18 2013

Herbal Supplements in the Treatment of BPH

Herbal therapy for BPH, also known as complementary medicine, has been promoted as an alternative to traditional BPH therapies. Because most of these therapies are promoted as natural over-the-counter remedies, they are often seen as a low-risk option. Following are some considerations to make as you decide whether an herbal remedy is right for your particular condition: The purity and content of these therapies are not strictly regulated, leaving room for additives or other impurities that can compromise the product.1 … Continue reading

May
2 2013

Can Diet and Exercise Affect BPH?

One reality of BPH and its treatment is that we really don’t have a complete picture of its causes. As a result, clear preventative measures have not been defined…yet. What we do know is, for most men, certain lifestyles or lifestyle changes can help reduce the risk of BPH. One such lifestyle consideration may be diet and exercise – the ultimate goal being losing excess weight.1

Apr
22 2013

What is Nocturia?

Nocturia is a condition in which people wake up to urinate more than once at night. Nocturia can happen to just about anyone for varied reasons including pregnancy, a multitude of illnesses or even just drinking too much liquid before bed. In men, nocturia is a very common and very disruptive symptom of BPH or enlarged prostate. Because the prostate is enlarged, additional pressure is put on the urethra – the tube through which urine flows from the bladder and … Continue reading

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Apr
4 2013

The Importance of Early BPH Detection

The exact cause of BPH is still largely unknown; however we do know that a staggering number of men are affected by this bothersome condition. Treatment options for an enlarged prostate are many and varied, but as the disease progresses, fewer and fewer options may remain available to slow its progress. BPH symptoms do not always match the severity of the condition itself. Some men with enlarged prostate will only experience mild symptoms, while others may show more severe signs … Continue reading

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Mar
23 2013

BPH Treatment Goes Mobile

Urologix, Inc. Offers Mobile BPH Treatment in Many Cities Throughout the Nation According to the Urology Workforce Trends published by the American College of Surgeons in January, 2012, there has been a pronounced decrease in the supply of urologists relative to the growth in population.  In fact, that article states “Until 1991, the supply of urologic surgeons grew faster than the population.  In 1991, that trend reversed, and since then, the decline has accelerated.”1 This means that urologists, already one … Continue reading

Mar
2 2013

Questions To Ask Your Doctor About BPH

BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), or enlarged prostate, is very common. In fact, about 32 million men worldwide experience moderate to severe symptoms of enlarged prostate.  By the age of 50, 50% of men will feel the effects of BPH. By the age of 80, 80% of men will have BPH symptoms.1  Unfortunately, it cannot be prevented. However, patients now have more options for the treatment and management of BPH than at any time in the past. Their first line of … Continue reading

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