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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the enlargement of the prostate gland. Common in older men, BPH can lead to health complications when left untreated.
The prostate—an important male reproductive gland located under the bladder—goes through two growth phases: the first during puberty and the second around age 25. Growth typically continues in this second phase throughout the rest of adulthood. BPH is a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges enough to cause urinary problems, such as frequent urination or the inability to completely empty the bladder.
Two common risk factors of BPH include age and family history, both of which are uncontrollable risk factors. However, there are some risk factors you can control or manage, including:
Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing BPH and several other conditions (including those that are risk factors for BPH). If you have BPH, there are still things you can do to manage the condition to prevent worsening symptoms.
There are several treatment options available for BPH, all with a different price tag. Your doctor may prescribe medications to lessen symptoms or to pause the growth or reduce the size of the prostate. Surgical treatment may be necessary if:
The cost of surgery to treat BPH can vary as much as 400 percent, so it’s important to discuss your procedure with your doctor to determine the most cost-effective option. Factors that can influence the cost of your procedure include:
If you have BPH or have a family history of BPH, talk to your doctor about what you can do to prevent or manage your condition to avoid complications of BPH and get the most cost-effective treatment.
“Prostate Enlargement (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/prostate-problems/prostate-enlargement-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia
“Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).” Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/benign-prostatic-hyperplasia/symptoms-causes/syc-20370087
“Preventing BPH.” Prostate.net. https://prostate.net/health-centers/bph-health-center/preventing-enlarged-prostate
“Finding the Value in the Cost of BPH Care.” MedPageToday®. https://www.medpagetoday.com/urology/bph/50508
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.