Left untreated, an enlarged prostate can cause a range of serious health issues, from sudden inability to urinate to urinary tract infections and even damage to the bladder or kidneys. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as prostate enlargement, is a common condition that affects men as they age. An enlarged prostate can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It can also lead to problems with the bladder, urinary tract, or kidneys.
The severity of symptoms in people with an enlarged prostate varies, but they tend to worsen gradually over time. The degree of prostate enlargement is not directly related to the severity of the symptoms. In many men, this continuous growth enlarges the prostate enough to cause urinary symptoms or significantly block urine flow. Surgery can be very effective in reducing problems associated with benign prostate enlargement, but it often has side effects. The cause of prostate enlargement is unknown, but it is thought to be related to hormonal changes as men age.
Dr. Andrew Doe, a board-certified radiologist, understands the frustration caused by the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and the risks that come with untreated BPH. If left untreated, an enlarged prostate can lead to a number of serious health issues. Acute urinary retention (AUR) is one of the most serious complications associated with BPH. AUR is a sudden inability to urinate and can be extremely painful and uncomfortable.
It can also lead to bladder damage and kidney damage if not treated promptly. Other complications associated with an enlarged prostate include frequent urination, difficulty starting or stopping urination, weak urine stream, and a feeling that your bladder is not completely empty after you urinate. These symptoms can be extremely disruptive to your daily life and can lead to further health issues if left untreated. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to speak with your doctor about treatment options. Surgery is often recommended for severe cases of BPH, but there are other treatments available that may be more suitable for your individual situation. Your doctor will be able to discuss all of your options and help you decide which treatment is best for you.