BPH Treatment in Alexandria and Woodbridge
The board-certified urologists at Potomac Urology specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of enlarged prostate or BPH. If you’re experiencing symptoms of BPH, contact us today to schedule an appointment in Alexandria, Fair Oaks, or Woodbridge.
What Is BPH?
As men age, it is very common for their prostate to continue growing larger, which will often cause issues between age 50 and 60, and beyond. An enlarged prostate is medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. This condition describes a prostate that has grown large enough to exceed its natural boundaries and begin to push down on the urethra.
The board-certified urologists at Potomac Urology provide treatment for BPH at our offices in Alexandria and Woodbridge, VA. Learn about your treatment options and call to schedule your appointment today!
Common Symptoms of BPH
This added pressure typically results in problems of the urinary system such as:
- A frequent and powerful urge to urinate
- Straining during urination
- Accidental release of urine (urinary incontinence)
- A weak stream of urine
- Trouble starting to urinate
- Stopping and starting the flow of urine several times when urinating
- A constant feeling of fullness in the bladder
- Presence of blood in the urine
- Recurring urinary tract infections
To contact Potomac Urology about your intense urinary discomfort, please call (703) 680-2111 to schedule an appointment right away. In extreme circumstances, the urethra can become totally blocked, which will cause severe complications if not treated as soon as possible.
Why BPH Treatment Is Important
Many men will continue to muddle through their symptoms and adjust their life accordingly. This often means taking more bathroom breaks, especially all throughout the night.
Not only does this ruin your chances of getting a good night’s rest, but it can also have negative effects on your overall health since BPH can quickly lead to a bladder infection or kidney damage. BPH can also impair your overall quality of life, as you will likely miss many moments while running back and forth to the bathroom.
The best way to take full advantage of your life is to discuss your symptoms with your urologist to determine which course of treatment will be best for you and your unique case of BPH.
A Variety of Treatment Options
For many years a transurethral resection of the prostate has been the standard for treating issues of an enlarged prostate. While this surgery is still very suitable for this purpose, advanced technologies have made it possible for less invasive options to become just as effective.
This procedure is especially recent, as it was approved by the FDA in 2015 for use in the treatment of BPH. The Rezūm System utilizes water vapor to break up lesions in the tissue of the prostate. With these lesions now broken apart, the urinary channel no longer has formations of tissue pressing upon it, and is able to easily pass urine once again.
The UroLift ® System is a new, minimally invasive approach to treating BPH for patients looking for an alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery. The UroLift System is a straightforward procedure that utilizes tiny implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is performed with regional or general anesthesia and involves the placement of a working sheath in the urethra through which a hand-held device with an attached wire loop is placed. High-energy electrical cutting current is run through the loop so that the loop can be used to shave away prostatic tissue.
Aquablation of the prostate is a minimally invasive water ablation therapy combining image guidance and robotics (AquaBeam®) for the targeted and heat-free removal of prostatic tissue in men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The AquaBeam utilizes proprietary heat-free high-velocity waterjet technology to resect and remove prostatic tissue.
Holmium Laser Enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) is a more precise alternative to the standard Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) procedure for urinary symptoms due to enlarged prostate/benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is done either as an outpatient, or may require a one night overnight stay, depending on the size of the prostate.
Prostatic artery embolization, or PAE, is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat BPH. The overall goal of PAE treatment is to reduce the size of the prostate and decrease any symptoms. PAE uses microscopic beads to block the blood flow to the prostate, which deprives the cells of oxygen and ultimately helps the gland shrink in size.
The iTind procedure reshapes the anatomy of the prostatic urethra, gently creating a wider opening for urine to flow freely, without burning or cutting out tissue, and without leaving behind a permanent implant. The treatment is straightforward, does not require overnight hospitalization, and has none of the side effects associated with prescription medication.
Schedule an Enlarged Prostate Consultation
You don’t have to live with the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. For patients in Northern Virginia, the specialists at Potomac Urology are here to help. Our urologists are all board-certified by the American Board of Urology and have extensive experience diagnosing and treating BPH. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in Alexandria, Woodbridge, Fair Oaks, or National Harbor.