BPH Doctor in Surprise, AZ
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) refers to noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. If you experience symptoms of an enlarged prostate, fellowship-trained urologist Dr. Ganesh Sivarajan provides expert care to men throughout the West Phoenix area including Glendale, Surprise, Sun City, Peoria, Waddell, Bumstead and El Mirage. Highly trained in the latest cutting-edge treatments such as the UroLift® System. As a board-certified urologist, he is committed to providing exemplary care for West Valley area men experiencing symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH. To schedule an appointment at our urology clinic in Surprise or Sun City, Arizona, please call (623) 546-1400 or request an appointment online today!
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
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What Can Put a Man at Risk for BPH?
Genetics and age are the greatest factors for developing BPH. By the age of 60, most men experience at least some BPH-related urinary issues. About half of men have moderate to severe symptoms by the time they reach their 80's. The chances for developing the condition are even greater if your biological father or brother have experienced it.
Other factors that may increase your risk of BPH include:
- Heart disease
What can Cause BPH?
Prostate enlargement is linked to hormonal changes that occur as men age. When the prostate grows, it can constrict the urethra, the tube that channels urine from your bladder and out your penis. This leads to the symptoms of BPH.
How is BPH diagnosed?
After reviewing your family and personal medical history, Dr. Sivarajan will perform an exam that includes one or more of these tests:
- Digital rectal exam
- Post-void residual volume assessment
- Prostate ultrasound
- Urine flow study
- X-ray imaging
To rule out prostate cancer, Dr. Dervishi also screens your blood for elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen.
Schedule a BPH Consultation
If you are experiencing symptoms of an enlarged prostate, contact Dr. Sivarajan to discuss your symptoms and the treatment options available. If you live near Glendale, Surprise, Sun City, Peoria, Waddell, Bumstead or El Mirage please call (623) 546-1400 or request an appointment through our secure online form.