Enlarged Prostate

Shawn Blick, MD

Penile Implant Surgeon & Men's Health Specialist located in Phoenix, AZ

Did you know that by age 60, almost 50% of men have an enlarged prostate? Though common, an enlarged prostate can cause uncomfortable symptoms and increase your risk of other health problems. At his Phoenix, Arizona-based practice, Dr. Shawn Blick, a men’s health expert, regularly works with men of all ages to diagnose and treat enlarged prostates. If you’re concerned you have an enlarged prostate, make an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.

Englarged Prostate Q & A

What is an enlarged prostate?

An enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a common condition characterized by a swollen prostate gland and uncomfortable urinary symptoms. 

There are several effective treatments that can ease the symptoms of BPH. To choose the best option, it’s important you meet with a qualified medical professional like men’s health expert Dr. Blick. 

What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?

The symptoms of BPH vary from person to person and depend on the severity of your condition. That said, the symptoms of BPH usually get worse slowly over time. Telltale symptoms of BPH include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Experiencing an urgent need to urinate
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Inability to completely empty your bladder

As BPH progresses, you might also experience a urinary tract infection or blood in your urine. 

Surprisingly, the size of your enlarged prostate doesn’t necessarily correlate to the severity of your symptoms. Some men with slightly enlarged prostates experience significant symptoms, while others with very enlarged prostates only experience minor symptoms. 

Am I at risk of an enlarged prostate?

Any man can develop an enlarged prostate, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:

  • Being 40 or older
  • Family history of prostate problems

How is an enlarged prostate diagnosed?

To diagnose BPH, Dr. Blick performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks questions about your symptoms. He also does a digital rectal exam to determine the size of your prostate. If these measures don’t provide enough information, Dr. Blick might also order a urine test, a voiding study, a cystoscopy (look into the bladder) or a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. PSA is an enzyme produced by your prostate gland that is used to screen patients for prostate cancer. High PSA levels suggest a higher risk of prostate cancer, but it may als be associated with an enlarged prostate.

How is an enlarged prostate treated?

Treatment for BPH depends on the cause and severity of your symptoms. If possible, Dr. Blick usually recommends integrative, conservative measures of care. For example, if you only have mild or moderate symptoms, he might recommend taking prescription medication to moderate your symptoms. 

In more serious cases, a minimally invasive procedure may be necessary. Dr. Blick proudly offers UroLift®. UroLift is a simple outpatient procedure that involves Dr. Blick placing a series of tiny implantable prostatic retractors to hold your prostate lobes apart. This relieves pressure on your urethra and allows urine to flow freely again. 

To learn more about your treatment options for BPH, make an appointment with Dr. Shawn Blick today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.