Enlarged Prostate Specialist in Oklahoma City
If you're struggling with symptoms of an enlarged prostate, don't wait to see a specialist. For patients in the OKC area, urologist Ash Bowen, MD is here to help. Dr. Bowen is board-certified by the American Board of Urology and has more than ten years of experience accurately diagnosing and effectively treating BPH. Contact our office today to get started.
What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. BPH is a very common condition that affects over 42 million men in the US1 and over 660 million aging men worldwide.2.3 Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH.2 While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.
As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms. If left untreated, BPH can lead to permanent bladder damage.4
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- Weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
Symptoms of BPH can cause loss of productivity, depression, and decreased quality of life.7
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.8
You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire. Sharing this information with your physician will help them understand the severity of your symptoms.
Even watchful waiting has its risks. Bladder outlet obstruction could result in irreversible bladder damage if left untreated4
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- US Census Bureau international database worldwide population estimates for 2020
- Tubaro, Drugs Aging 2003
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What Causes BPH?It is not perfectly clear as to what leads the prostate to grow larger and larger during a man’s life. Significant growth during puberty is expected and completely normal, though research shows that the prostate again begins slowly increasing in size from age 25 and continues throughout the man’s life.
Do I Have to Undergo Treatment for BPH?Not necessarily. Some patients may elect to hold off on treating their enlarged prostate and instead choose to monitor the progression of their symptoms over time. Dr. Bowen will typically suggest more frequent checkups to regularly assess the health of the prostate and determine if the patient’s BPH is worsening. While men can choose to avoid treating their BPH, it is highly encouraged to speak with a specialist about treatment options if symptoms caused by the condition are negatively affecting daily tasks and activities.
Is BPH Related to Prostate Cancer?No. Because BPH is a benign condition, its symptoms have absolutely nothing to do with cancerous cell growth of the prostate.
Schedule a BPH Consultation in OKC
Urologist Ash Bowen, MD has extensive experience diagnosing and treating BPH. If you're struggling with symptoms of an enlarged prostate in the OKC area, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Give our office a call at (405) 749-9655 or request an appointment through our secure online form.