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Treatment Overview

Ongoing treatment

If your symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) remain mild and not bothersome, watchful waiting may be your best treatment. With this treatment, you may make small changes to your lifestyle to control your symptoms. You do not take medicines or have surgery. You have regular checkups to be sure your symptoms are not getting worse.

If symptoms get worse or become bothersome, or if you develop complications, you can consider medicine or surgery.

Enlarged Prostate: Should I Take Medicine?
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Treatment if the condition gets worse

If any of the following occur, you will probably need surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH):

  • You cannot urinate.
  • Your BPH is causing repeated urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or bladder damage.
  • You have blood in your urine that is not getting better and is causing other problems such as clots that make it hard to urinate.
  • You have kidney damage.
  • You continue to have symptoms that bother you, even with medicine or other treatments.
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What to think about

Unless surgery is required because of a complication, choosing a treatment is largely up to you and your doctor. If complications arise, surgery may be needed.

The extent to which treatment improves your symptoms depends partly on how bad your symptoms are and how much you are bothered by them. If you are not bothered by your symptoms before treatment, you are less likely to notice much improvement after treatment.

Surgery offers the best chance for improving the symptoms but also has the risk of causing other problems.

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Last Updated: November 07, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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