How to sleep better with enlarged prostate
Today our program will focus on prostate health and treatment options. Benign prostatic hyperplasia or enlarged prostate is a common condition in men as the age.
Now, the condition can cause problems with urinating. It can also lead to bladder and urinary tract issues. Today, we have Dr. Rakesh Navuluri and Dr. Osman Ahmed. They'll join us to talk to us about some of the new treatments for BPH. Now remember, we're szombathely traumatológia your questions.
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Welcome to the show. Thank you. Thanks for having me on. You bet. So my name is Rakesh Navuluri.
I'm a vascular and interventional radiologist. I trained here at the University of Chicago. And I've been practicing here for about 10 years or so.
And this here is my colleague. Hi there everybody. My name is Osman Ahmed. And as you alluded to, I'm also a vascular and interventional radiologist. I was also fortunate here to do my training and my residency. And I went on to do my fellowship training at Stanford. Great, now, I think when you hear a word or phrase like benign prostatic hyperplasia, in particular if it's coming from a physician, might make you a little concerned.
What exactly is that? So benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH is basically a benign enlargement of the prostate gland.
So it's not cancerous. The prostate gland naturally enlarges as we get older in men. It continues to increase.
And as we get older, you have symptoms associated with BPH as well. So as you get older, you may notice some of these symptoms. And the symptoms vary too. They can vary in extremity. Is that correct? What are some of the symptoms?
Yeah, so the symptoms primarily revolve around urinary tract symptoms. And so the common term you might hear is lower urinary tract symptoms or LUTS.
Symptoms can include urinating very frequently, having the urgency to urinate, peeing multiple times, for example, at night, so having to get up out of bed.
You may also notice that there's a weak urinary stream. There can be difficulty initiating urination, a little bit of hesitancy in initiating your urinary stream, and also the sensation of maybe even incomplete bladder emptying.
So a vállízület deformált artrózisa 2 fokkal lot of these symptoms really have to do with your ability to urinate. And that's one of those things is, as a male, if you have these things happening to you, probably one of the first things that goes through your mind is, do I have prostate cancer? And it's not necessarily that. I mean, as you mentioned, this is benign. It's not cancer. But it can be-- it is definitely something you want to get checked out.
What happens if you do leave this untreated? So you can have some more long term complications or effects of the enlarged prostate gland. For example, you might have-- your kidney function might be affected. You might developed kidney stones.
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Infection is something that can happen as well. In the worst case scenario, you can develop acute urinary retention, and even blockage of the urinary stream, which can require you to place a catheter yourself to help relieve the bladder of the urine. And Dr. Ahmed, what are some of the treatment options that we see with this? Yeah, absolutely, so the treatment options fortunately vary. And there's a lot of treatment options available. And so, you know, a lot of it depends on the severity of BPH.
And so, you know, things as simple as medications or just watchful waiting and kind of seeing if things improve over time or, you know, are tolerable. And then we can escalate all the way up to surgical, open surgical options as well. To piggyback on what Dr. Ahmed said-- Sure. Once you start getting more mild to moderate symptoms, then we might start giving you some medications.
Because we want to start with less invasive and then proceed with things that are more invasive like surgery. Traditionally, once the medications haven't worked, that's where we've kind how to sleep better with enlarged prostate jumped into the different types of surgeries. And those are things you might want to talk with your how to sleep better with enlarged prostate about.
But they can range from things like TURP, which is basically sort of our Roto-Rooter type procedure to open up the urinary stream, the urinary tract, or even having the entire prostate gland removed. But so many how to sleep better with enlarged prostate treatments have been developed as well-- laser therapies, heat therapies to open up the urinary tract, and now even prostate artery embolization as well.
And we're going to talk a little bit more about that procedure here in a few moments.
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But let's kind of talk about how to sleep better with enlarged prostate of the more mild cases first. If someone comes and sees you and they have just very mild situation, what is some of the things they can do? Are there lifestyle changes that can be made to start with?
Sure, absolutely. So some of the very common things to do, because nocturia is a very common symptom, for example. So limiting how much you drink at night will sort of help prevent you getting up in the middle of the night to have to urinate multiple times. Avoiding things like caffeine or alcohol, which also sort of promote the sensation to urinate more frequently, that can also help as well.
You, of course, certainly want to exercise, eat healthy. Weight loss has certainly been associated with improvement in symptoms. So all these things, lifestyle modification as you mentioned, can help with the symptoms of BPH without having to resort to medications and more invasive procedures, as we can talk about shortly.