If going to the bathroom turns out to be a sprint all of a sudden, or if you’re marked by urinating difficulties, it may be your prostate acting up, or enlarging. Don’t worry; it’s not the end of the world. But it is not a walk in the park either.
The Urology Care Foundation estimated that half of all men 50 years of age and over have an enlarged prostate. This is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and may cause discomfort and pain between the bladder and the urethra. This video from Covenant Health gives you a run-through of the different procedures available for people with BPH.
There are a variety of treatment options, such as medication and surgery. When the prostate enlarges sometimes the only method that may be available to you is open simple prostatectomy, where the surgeon makes an incision under the navel, or instead, makes several smaller incisions in the abdomen. The surgeon can then remove just the portion of the prostate that was blocking urine flow, instead of removing the whole prostate gland.
The best advice is to take care of yourself and your bladder. Do pelvic exercises, stay physically active, and have an honest talk with your doctor about which treatment might suit you best.
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