Understanding Basic Symptoms of an Enlarged Prostate
When your prostate is enlarged, it can present many symptoms that can disrupt your daily life. Because a swollen prostate can restrict your urethra, many of the symptoms have to do with the flow of urine. When your urethra is constricted by your enlarged prostate, it causes your bladder to have to work harder to push urine out, resulting in symptoms such as:
- Difficulty starting urination
- Continued dribbling of urine
- A weak stream that may start and stop repeatedly
- Feeling the urge to urinate shortly after you finish
- Having to urinate frequently – upwards of eight times per day
- Urinary incontinence or the inability to control when you urinate
- A sudden and dire urge to urinate
- Waking up several times throughout the night to urinate
If left untreated, these enlarged prostate symptoms can worsen and lead to other, more painful conditions, including bladder stones, bladder infections, blood in your urine, and severe damage to your kidneys.
Tampa General Hospital uses state-of-the-art technologies for diagnosing and treating prostate enlargement, including minimally invasive prostate artery embolization (PAE) as an alternative therapy for benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). PAE is more suitable for men who have a significantly enlarged prostate or those who have a prostate size that is considered higher risk for traditional transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
If you are experiencing moderate to severe symptoms as a result of an enlarged prostate or have been diagnosed with BPH, contact our PAE program coordinator at (813) 539-5995 or complete our online form to begin the evaluation process to determine your candidacy for prostate artery embolization.