Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Our Men’s Health experts specialize in many minimally invasive outpatient procedures to treat enlargement of the prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH.

is the most common non-cancerous prostate problem and affects the majority of men age 60 to 85. The prostate continues to grow through adulthood. As the gland enlarges, it presses against the urethra, the tube that allows urine to pass out of the body, causing discomfort and difficulty urinating.

The condition’s most effective treatments include removal of the excess prostate tissue blocking the flow of urine. Today’s most advanced minimally invasive surgical options for tissue removal are available at El Camino Hospital on a “short stay” or outpatient basis.

Our urologic surgeons specialize in:

  • GreenLight™ Laser Therapy PVP. PVP stands for photoselective vaporization of the prostate, a procedure where a thin fiber inserted into the urethra delivers laser energy to precisely vaporize prostate tissue blockage. 
  • PlasmaButton™ for transurethral vaporization of the prostate (TUVP)TUVP is a surgical procedure done on an outpatient or hospital “short stay” basis. It requires inserting a scope, a light source and a vaporizting electrode into the urethra. 
  • UroLift® intra-prostatic suture implant. UroLift is a new minimally invasive FDA-approved procedure that lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no removal of tissue. It is the only BPH surgical procedure without sexual side effects.

Keep in mind, the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia may resemble other conditions or medical problems, which is why the urologists at El Camino Hospital perform such thorough examinations. For example, some of the signs of BPH and prostate cancer are the same; a man who has BPH may also have undetected prostate cancer or may develop it in the future.   

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