BPH Specialist in The Woodlands, TX
Helping Men Near Houston Overcome Symptoms of BPH
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a common condition. As men age, their chances of developing an enlarged prostate increase. Regular prostate exams are essential to maintaining a man's health over time. Going to a urologist or even receiving a prostate exam from your family physician can help to check on the status of the prostate over time. Fortunately, numerous treatment options can help you manage BPH. Urologist Dr. Miguel Mercado offers thorough diagnostic services and customized care plans for men suffering from BPH. For his outstanding work treating patients with BPH using the UroLift System, Dr. Mercado has been named as a UroLift Center of Excellence. To schedule an appointment at our office in Tomball or The Woodlands, call (281) 351-5174.
What is the Prostate?
The prostate gland is responsible for producing a fluid that can become part of the semen. On occasion, however, benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH can occur which results in an enlargement of the prostate. This condition is not associated with cancer or malignant in any way that it requires immediate action, however, it is something that should be addressed and diagnosed by Dr. Mercado.
When a prostate becomes enlarged it can lead to an impedance of urine flow as well as an ongoing and frequent urge to urinate. Generally, a diagnosis of BPH by Dr. Mercado does not take place until a person experiences significant symptoms that are posing issues with their lifestyle.
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
- NeoTract US Market Model estimates for 2020, data on file.
- Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
- 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 a BPH Consultation with Urologist Miguel Mercado, MD
Urologist Miguel Mercado, MD has extensive experience treating and diagnosing BPH. For more information on BPH, or to make an appointment with Dr. Mercado, please call (281) 351-5174. We have two convenient office locations in Tomball and The Woodlands.