There are several effective treatments for prostate gland enlargement. In deciding the best option for you, your doctor will consider your particular symptoms, the size of your prostate, other health problems you may have and your preferences. Treatments for prostate gland enlargement include medication, lifestyle changes and minimally invasive surgery. Our doctors have a variety of tools for evaluation such as cystoscopy, uro-flow, bladder scan, or urodymanics.
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Making some simple lifestyle changes can often help control the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and prevent your condition from worsening.
- Limit beverages in the evening. Don't drink anything an hour or tow before bedtime.
- Limit your intake of caffeine or alcohol. These can increase urine production, irritate your bladder and worsen your symptoms.
- Go when you feel the urge. Try to urinate when you first feel the urge. Waiting too long to urinate may overstretch the bladder muscle and cause damage.
- Schedule bathroom visits. Try to urinate at regular times to "retrain" the bladder. This can be done every four to six hours during the day and can be especially useful if you have severe frequency and urgency.
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Prostate gland enlargement varies in severity among men and tends to gradually worsen over time. Prostate gland enlargement symptoms include:
- Weak urine stream
- Difficulty starting urination
- Starting and stopping while urinating
- Dribbling at the end of urination
- Frequent or urgent need to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination at night
- Straining while urinating
- Not completely emptying the bladder
- Urinary tract infection
- Formation of stones in the bladder
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