BPH Specialist in Nashville, TN 

As men age it is inevitable that their prostate begins to grow. In fact, more than 27 million American men over the age of 50 currently suffer from an enlarged prostate. This can cause a number of frustrating and uncomfortable urinary symptoms. Men's health specialist Matthew Pollard, MD is highly trained in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate. For help managing the symptoms of BPH, call our office in Nashville or request an appointment online today.

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.

Symptoms include:5,6

  • 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.

normal prostate vs protate with BPH

Even watchful waiting has its risks. Bladder outlet obstruction could result in irreversible bladder damage if left untreated4

Bladder and Enlarged Prostate

References

  1. NeoTract US Market Model estimates for 2020, data on file.
  2. Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
  3. US Census Bureau international database worldwide population estimates for 2020
  4. Tubaro, Drugs Aging 2003
  5. Rosenberg, Int J Clin Pract 2007
  6. Vuichoud, Can J Urol 2015
  7. Speakman, BJUI International 2014
  8. IMS Health NDTI Urology Specialty Profile Report 2013

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How is an Enlarged Prostate diagnosed?

Board-certified urologist Matthew Pollard, MD starts by taking your medical history, consulting with you about your symptoms, and doing a physical examination. They may order a urinalysis test, a digital rectal exam, or a prostate-specific antigen test. This gives him a better understanding of what’s going on in your body and help him rule out other conditions that cause similar symptoms.

If Dr. Pollard determines your prostate is enlarged from the digital rectal exam, he may suggest you begin treatment at his Nashville location.

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