Benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known simply as enlarged prostate, is a condition that is very common in men after the age of 50 and manifests in the form of difficulties related to urination and sexual function. In the past, the radical resection of the prostate gland was the only option to help with the problem, today there are several options of treatment for enlarged prostate, including non-surgical methods. Here are some of the options to talk with Dr Silas Williams to treat the problem without surgery:
- Medication – in early phases and in mild to moderate cases, prostate enlargement can be efficiently treated with over-the-counter medication or with prescription medicines. Both solutions take long to bring results, which means that the medicines need to be taken regularly and correctly for at least a couple of months before any improvement becomes noticeable.
- Minimally invasive interventions – prostate artery embolization is one of the most efficient and most popular treatment options for prostate enlargement. The procedure is performed by an endovascular specialist or by an interventional radiologist and it involves the insertion of a catheter into the artery that provides the blood supply of the prostate gland. The medical specialist will introduce a special substance into the artery that will block the blood supply to the prostate gland for a while, prompting it to start shrinking. The procedure is popular due to the short recovery time after the intervention as well as for the fact that it requires no hospital stay, most patients being allowed to leave the hospital a couple of hours after the intervention.