An enlarged prostate is a common and unavoidable aspect of aging for most men that causes difficulty with urination. The medical name for this condition, which affects half of men by age 50 and still more in the decades that follow, is benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH.
The good news, though, is an enlarged prostate is not cancerous and is not life-threatening. But there is no question that living with a swollen prostate, which frequently causes a feeling of pressure when seated, is both inconvenient and uncomfortable. BPH slows the urine stream, so it takes longer to empty the bladder. Men with BPH tend to awaken often at night to use the bathroom. Another complaint voiced by many men with BPH is having to make frequent pit spots on road trips, which can impede their ability to travel or live normal, active lives.
There are a number of treatments for this condition that all aim to reduce or eliminate swollen prostate tissues. One new, minimally invasive procedure urologists are now performing is called UroLift. It’s an outpatient procedure performed that can be performed right in the doctor’s office.
“It is a minimally invasive procedure, which is really easy to perform with a quick recovery, and it works better than medication,” says Daniel Kellner, MD, a Yale Medicine urologist. Importantly, he adds, “There are no sexual side effects—which tends to be a priority for many men.”