New treatment could help men suffering from BPH
June is "Men’s Health Month," and a new treatment is offering hope for many men dealing with a condition in their 50s and older. It treats BPH, which is short for benign prostatic hyperplasia. It affects over 40% of men in their 50s, and by the age of 70, 80% of men are impacted.
The condition is caused by an enlarged prostate, and causes the need for frequent urinating. It only gets worse as the prostate grows.
"That organ continues to grow for the rest of their lives and as it grows, it can crimp the urine tube and give them some symptoms of difficulty urinating," said Dr. John Kaspar, a urologist.
If left untreated, permanent bladder damage can occur in some cases.
The new procedure to treat it is called a urolift. It’s a minimally invasive approach. A doctor places implants in the obstructed pathway, offering relief. The procedure can help men get off medication, avoid major surgery and improve their lives.