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Procedure - BPH (Enlarged Prostate)

Ogden Clinic urologists specialize in helping male patients overcome the difficulties of life with Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH). A majority of men with BPH may not realize they have the condition or seek treatment. BPH is an enlargement of the prostate caused by hormone changes as a person gets older. This condition affects up to 50 percent of Utah men over the age of 70 and is usually indicated by these symptoms:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Weak urine stream
  • Pressure in the bladder, the feeling of needing to urinate
  • A sense of a somewhat full bladder after urinating

Sometimes, these BPH symptoms are manageable and won’t require treatment. In other cases where urine is backed-up, the bladder is infected, or kidney stones have developed, treatment for BPH from an Ogden Clinic urologist is necessary.

Patients in need of treatment for severe cases of BPH can talk to their Ogden Clinic urologist about the following options.

Medication

Several options are available to treat prostate swelling associated with BPH at Ogden Clinic. Patients might receive a combination of a more immediate option for bladder issues like Flomax, accompanied by a long-term solution for prostate swelling like Proscar. However, if the patient has conflicting medications, is in a severe medical condition, or would like a more permanent solution, there are several surgical procedures available for BPH treatment at Ogden Clinic.

Surgery

A patient might need BPH surgery at Ogden Clinic if their symptoms have worsened into painful kidney stones, urethra blockage, or blood in the urine. Thankfully, the latest medical technologies allow for less invasive BPH surgical procedures that are developed around laser surgery or ablation instead of a scalpel.

Rezum ® Water Vapor Therapy

Rezum® is a safe and effective BPH treatment that uses thermal energy in water vapor to remove the obstructive tissue surrounding the prostate. Rezum® is a transurethral needle ablation procedure: a minimally-invasive delivery system that sends a needle into the urethra and injects water vapor into the prostate tissue.

Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP) - In this BPH treatment procedure, the urologist uses a laser to make several small incisions in the prostate and lessen pressure on the urethra. The patient can usually go home after surgery and return to work within a few days, though a catheter may be required for urination up to a week after the procedure.

Transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT) - The prostate is exposed to microwave energy during this procedure, which destroys a portion of the swollen gland. Recovery is fairly quick, with patients usually returning home the day of the procedure and getting back to work 1-2 days afterward. However, a catheter might be required for urination for a few days afterward.

Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) - To eliminate parts of the enlarged prostate that are blocking urine, the urologist uses a heated needle device inside of a catheter. This BPH treatment clears the urinary tract and reduces numerous symptoms. However, return ablation treatments may be needed and it may not work in more severe cases of swelling. Recovery after the procedure is quick, with patients returning home the same day as the treatment and sometimes able to return to daily activities the next day.

To learn more about the innovative urological treatments for BPH and other conditions at Ogden Clinic, set up an appointment with a local provider in your area.


Christensen, Tyler, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300

Stevenson, Brad, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300

Wayment, Robert, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300