BPH

Abbey Gaske, MD -  - Urologist

Abbey Gaske, MD

Urologist located in South Bay, Torrance, CA

Having an enlarged prostate gland doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer, as you could have benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. In Torrance, California, Abbey Gaske, MD, offers a variety of urology services and treatment, including those for prostate issues like BPH. If you’re suffering from increased or urgent urination and other urinary symptoms and live in the South Bay or the greater Los Angeles area, call Abbey Gaske, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.

BPH Q & A

What is benign prostatic hyperplasia?

BPH, or an enlarged prostate gland, is a common condition in men that leads to urinary symptoms.

Your prostate gland surrounds your urethra. Urine passes through this tube as it leaves your body from the bladder. The prostate continues growing over your lifetime, and this continued growth can lead to urinary blockage and a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.

What are the symptoms of BPH?

The symptoms of BPH vary and aren’t necessarily related to the degree of your prostate gland enlargement. In most cases, your symptoms start slowly and worsen over time. BPH symptoms generally include:

  • Difficulty beginning to urinate, with dribbling at the end
  • Increased frequency of urination, especially at night
  • An urgent need to urinate
  • A urine stream that starts and stops, or is weak
  • Being unable to empty your bladder completely
  • Urgency incontinence, or the loss of bladder control

Some men also have less common symptoms, like a urinary tract infection (UTI), or the inability to urinate.

How is BPH diagnosed?

Dr. Gaske diagnoses BPH through a comprehensive physical exam where she reviews your symptoms and performs diagnostic tests that may include:

  • A digital rectal exam (DRE) to check for physical enlargement of your prostate
  • Urine tests to rule out underlying conditions like infections
  • Blood tests to check your kidneys
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing to screen for prostate cancer

Based on your initial evaluation, Dr. Gaske might suggest additional testing to confirm your diagnosis, such as urinary flow tests that measure the amount and strength of your urine flow, post-void residual volume tests to look for your ability to empty your bladder, or a voiding diary to track your urinary habits.

How is BPH treated?

Treating BPH depends on your age and overall health, your prostate size, and the severity of your symptoms.

To increase your comfort, Dr. Gaske might recommend treatments that include medications to shrink the size of your prostate or relax muscle fibers in the prostate or bladder neck muscles. These medications can make urination easier.

If your symptoms are moderate to severe and you haven’t responded to conservative treatments, Dr. Gaske might recommend a surgical approach.

To learn more about benign prostatic hyperplasia, call Abbey Gaske, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.