Enlarged Prostate Specialist in Tucson, AZ
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is also known as prostate gland enlargement or an enlarged prostate. BPH is a common condition among men and becomes more common the older men get. An enlarged prostate can lead to a number of frustrating urinary symptoms including a frequent urge to urinate, difficulty starting urination, and an inability to completely empty the bladder.
But just because BPH is a common condition, it doesn't mean you have to live with these symptoms. Urologist Tristan Berry, MD is board-certified by the American Board of Urology and has extensive experience diagnosing and treating BPH in men of all ages. He will walk you through the diagnostic process and discuss your treatment options to determine the best path for your case. If you're dealing with urinary symptoms that could be caused by an enlarged prostate, don't hesitate to seek treatment. Give our urology office in Tucson, AZ a call at (520) 348-7900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Berry, or request an appointment through our secure online form.
What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. BPH is a very common condition that affects over 42 million men in the US1 and over 660 million aging men worldwide.2.3 Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH.2 While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.
As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms. If left untreated, BPH can lead to permanent bladder damage.4
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- Weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
Symptoms of BPH can cause loss of productivity, depression, and decreased quality of life.7
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.8
You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire. Sharing this information with your physician will help them understand the severity of your symptoms.
Even watchful waiting has its risks. Bladder outlet obstruction could result in irreversible bladder damage if left untreated4
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- US Census Bureau international database worldwide population estimates for 2020
- Tubaro, Drugs Aging 2003
- Rosenberg, Int J Clin Pract 2007
- Vuichoud, Can J Urol 2015
- Speakman, BJUI International 2014
- IMS Health NDTI Urology Specialty Profile Report 2013
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Schedule an Appointment in Tucson, AZ
If you're experiencing symptoms of an enlarged prostate in the Tucson area, contact Southwest Premier Urology today to schedule an appointment with urologist Tristan Berry, MD. Call our office at (520) 348-7900 or request an appointment through our secure online form.