BPH Specialist in The Woodlands TX
Highly Trained in Treating Men near North Houston Suffering from an Enlarged Prostate
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 mans 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 near Houston suffering from BPH. To schedule an appointment at The Woodlands, TX office, call the office at (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 a urologist like 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 40 million Americans and over 500 million aging men worldwide. Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH1. 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 such as:
- 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
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.2
You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire.
- Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
- IMS Health NDTI Urology Specialty Profile Report 2013
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Contact BPH Specialist Dr. Miguel Mercado to schedule your appointment today by calling (281) 351-5174.