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Understanding Common BPH Symptoms  

The symptoms of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) primarily involve the urinary tract. This is because the urethra, the thin tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis, runs directly through the prostate. When the prostate becomes enlarged, it can press against the urethra and cause a variety of disruptive symptoms.  

A few of the most common BPH symptoms include: 

  • A frequent urge to urinate 
  • Difficulty urinating 
  • A weakened urine stream
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder 
  • Urinary tract infection  
  • Blood in the urine

Symptoms of BPH can vary from patient to patient, and the size of the prostate doesn’t necessarily determine the severity of symptoms. Some men with very large prostates only experience mild symptoms that stabilize over time. Less commonly, some men may not be able to pass urine at all and require emergency medical attention. 

It is important to consult a physician if you are experiencing any BPH symptoms, even if the symptoms are not perceived to be serious. While BPH isn’t always to blame for urinary problems, conditions of the urinary tract tend to worsen and trigger complications if they are left untreated.  

Tampa General Hospital is proud to offer a full spectrum of urological care to men with BPH. From comprehensive diagnostics to breakthrough prostate artery embolization (PAE), our multispecialty team provides advanced treatment and individualized attention to achieve the best possible outcomes.  PAE is a more suitable treatment for men who have a significantly enlarged prostate or a prostate size that is considered higher risk for transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).

If you have been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia and want to discuss your candidacy for innovative PAE treatment to address your BPH symptoms, contact our PAE program coordinator at (813) 539-5995. You can also fill out our online form to learn whether PAE is an option for you.