An enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is common as men age and may lead to frequent daytime and nighttime urination, weak urinary stream, urinary urgency, and incontinence. Men may benefit from limiting fluid intake, eliminating caffeine and alcohol, and minimizing constipation. Oral medications include pills which relax the urethra to minimize resistance to urine flow, and pills which gradually shrink the prostate. Surgery commonly involves placing a camera through the urethra and removing excess prostate tissue. Patients typically require a urinary catheter for a period of time after this procedure. A new technique, available in Burlington, uses a laser to vaporize prostate tissue. This procedure is associated with less bleeding than conventional transurethral resection (TURP) and allows patients to be discharged home on the same day.
Prostatitis refers to infection or inflammation of the prostate and can be associated with urinary frequency, urgency, burning, pelvic pain, and fever. Antibiotics are required for bacterial infections of the prostate, while anti-inflammatories and avoidance of "triggers" such as caffeine, alcohol, and spicy food, are helpful for inflammatory prostatitis.
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