Prostate Care

Affinity's urologists are experts in diagnosing and treating a variety of prostate conditions.

 

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland found only in men.  Prostate problems are common, especially after age 50. 

Enlarged Prostate (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy)

The prostate grows naturally with age, often with no problems.  However, in some men, an enlarged prostate constricts the urethra and causes problems urinating.  This is called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).  

Symptoms include:

  • frequent urinating, especially at night
  • trouble getting the urine stream started
  • feeling as though the bladder will not empty completely.

Treatment may include medication or surgery.  Affinity's urologists perform several surgery options to treat BPH.  Which one is right for you depends on your symptoms and the size and shape of your prostate gland.

Laser photovaporization of the prostate (PVP): This new outpatient procedure uses laser technology to vaporize the prostate, relieving the pressure on the urethra and making urinating easier.

Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP): This is the most common surgical treatment for BPH.  It involves inserting a scope through the penis and surgically removing the prostate in small pieces.

Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP): Similar to TURP, this procedure uses a scope to reach the prostate.  However, rather than removing the prostate, surgeons make a small incision to enlarge the opening of the urethra and bladder outlet.  This is usually done in men with a smaller prostate. 

Open prostatectomy: This procedure is usually done with general or spinal anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision through the abdomen or pelvic area then removes the prostate.  An open prostatectomy is a longer procedure and usually requires a five- to ten-day hospital stay.

Prostatitis

Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate.  It is usually caused by a bacteria and treated with antibiotics.

Symptoms include:

  • pain with urinating
  • fever or chills
  • frequent urinating
  • cloudy urine.

If you suspect you have prostatitis, talk with your primary care doctor and discuss a referral to Affinity Urology.

Prostate Cancer

Affinity urologists and Cancer Center experts offer state-of-the-art treatment to target prostate cancer, including TomoTherapy® and cryotherapy.  Talk to your doctor about a referral to Affinity Urology.

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