If you haven't heard of benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, chances are you will. Formerly known as prostatism, an estimated 50% of men have evidence of BPH by age 50 and 75% have it by age 80. BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that can occur as men get older. It can cause bothersome urinary symptoms such as having to urinate often, urgency, difficulty starting, incomplete bladder emptying, getting up at night, and sometimes incontinence.
Not a single clinic goes by in the urology office without a man complaining of an enlarged prostate. Patients typically complain of going to the bathroom too frequently, urgently, urinating at night, dribbling after urinating, difficulty initiating urination, slow flow, incontinence, bloody urine and even urinary retention (the inability to urinate at all). These symptoms