BPH Treatment in Kansas City, KS
Manage Your BPH Symptoms With One of the Treatments Below
It is important to note that BPH is not cancerous, and thus does not require any sort of radiation or chemotherapy. However, people often find BPH to unmanageable and an interference with their daily lives and routines. There are a number of treatment options available to help ease symptoms, but it is important to understand the details of each specific treatment and consult with your doctor before making a final decision.
Watching and Waiting
If your BPH is not severe, and you are merely dealing with minor symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you just wait and track your symptoms. In addition, your doctor may recommend a change in diet in order to help ease symptoms. After monitoring, your doctor will them make a decision on active treatment options.
Therapies That Treat BPH
There are many different types of therapies available for the treatment of BPH. Some of the therapies include:
- Thermotherapy : When heat energy is applied to the prostate tissue.
- Combination Therapy : Using a combination of two drugs (namely and alpha blocker and an inhibitor) together to relax the bladder muscles and relieve symptoms of BPH.
- Phytotherapy : A herbal therapy that is considered “self treatment” and not recommended by health care providers.
Minimally Invasive Surgeries for an Enlarged Prostate
Minimally invasive surgeries are done in your doctor’s office or outpatient hospital and can get you back to your normal life in no time. If you are experiencing BPH and are experiencing any of the following, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive surgery:
- Your symptoms are moderate to severe.
- You are unable to empty your bladder.
- Your prostate is bleeding.
- Your have slow urination.
- You have received a previous treatment that didn’t work.
- You have an obstruction in your urinary tract.
At The University of Kansas Interventional Radiology, it is our goal to provide you with the best possible outcomes after your surgery. For that reason, we offer Prostatic Artery Embolization, or PAE, which is a minimally invasive surgery for BPH.
Surgery to Treat Symptoms of BPH
If any of the above treatment options do not work for you, you will most likely be recommended surgery in order to remove anything obstructing the prostate. If any of the following apply after your treatment options, you may be a candidate for surgery:
- You are completely unable to urinate.
- You have kidney damage.
- You are susceptible to consistent UTI (urinary tract infections)
- You have stones in your bladder
There are multiple surgical options, including a prostate resection and eventual prostatectomy, that may be recommended. However, it is important to discuss these alternatives with your doctor to determine what will work best for you.