In the past, the primary focus of BPH treatment was to alleviate the bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms that result from prostatic enlargement. However, more recently, urologists have expanded their treatment goals to not just alleviate the symptoms of the disease, but also to slow the progression of the gland enlargement to prevent complications and further disease progression.
A variety of BPH treatment options are available ranging from pharmacologic treatments to surgery. It is important to provide multiple treatment options for your patients and to fully educate them on all available options, including the benefits and risks of each. This approach allows the physician and patient to determine together the safest and most effective treatment based on your patient’s individual medical condition and preferences.
For a comprehensive review of the AUA Guidelines for Management of BPH, please refer to the AUA Website.