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Benign prostatic hyperplasia

BPH

An enlarged prostate can make it difficult to pass urine — we offer a range of drug treatments that can help

About

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland below the bladder. Your urethra (urine tube) runs through the prostate. A benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) isn't normally cancerous but it can put pressure on the urethra, making it difficult to pass urine. BPH affects one third of men aged 50 in the UK, with occurrences increasing with age.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia icon plus

    The size of the prostate gland increases with age. A benign prostate hyperplasia is caused by an excess growth in prostate tissue. While it isn't normally cancerous, it squeezes the urethra, reducing the flow of urine from the bladder.

    There a number of symptoms associated with BPH, all classed as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS):

    • weak urine flow
    • hesitancy (urine stopping and starting)
    • straining when urinating
    • taking a long time to urinate
    • incomplete emptying of the bladder
    • bladder feeling full after urinating
    • need to urinate urgently
    • frequent trips to the toilet
    • nocturia (getting up in the night to urinate)
    • dribbling of urine
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    Your consultant may carry out a number of tests to find out if you have a benign prostate hyperplasia. These might include: 

    • physical examination, which may include a digital rectal exam (DRE)
    • a urine test called a urinalysis
    • blood tests, including a PSA screen for prostate cancer
    • ultrasound scan to check for urine speed and flow, post-urination residue and your bladder's ability to hold urine

    Depending on the outcome of these tests, your urologist may carry out further tests. These might include:

    • rodynamic measurements
    • transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS)
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    We offer a number of treatments for BPH, including:

    • drug treatments
    • transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
    • transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP)
    • open prostatectomy

    Your consultant urologist will discuss your treatment options with you to help you find out which is right for you.

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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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