Enlarged Prostate Specialist in South Jersey
Over 10 Years Helping Men Near Philadelphia with an Enlarged Prostate
An enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can cause bothersome urinary symptoms and disrupt a man’s daily life. Thomas Mueller, MD, of New Jersey Urology provides individualized medical care and effective testing to diagnose an enlarged prostate at his offices in Vorhees and Sewell, New Jersey. From a range of medications to the Urolift® procedure, he offers safe and effective treatment options to improve your quality of life. Call (877) 388-2778 or request your appointment online.
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 40 million Americans and over 500 million aging men worldwide. Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH1. 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 such as:
- 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
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.2
You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire.
- Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
- IMS Health NDTI Urology Specialty Profile Report 2013
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What Can Cause an Enlarged Prostate?
Your urethra is the tube that transports urine from your bladder out of your penis. When the prostate enlarges, it can begin to block the flow of urine as it passes through the center of your prostate. Many men in South New Jersey have continued prostate growth throughout life.
While it isn’t exactly clear why the prostate enlarges, it can be due to fluctuations of sex hormones as men age. Some of the risk factors for prostate gland enlargement include:
- Family history
- Heart disease and diabetes
- Obesity and lack of exercise
BPH can lead to bladder, kidney, or urinary tract complications. Severe cases can lead to bladder stones, bladder damage, and kidney damage. Kidney damage and urinary retention can be serious health conditions. Having an enlarged prostate isn’t believed to increase your risk of prostate cancer.
Schedule An Appointment with BPH Expert Dr. Mueller
If you believe you may have BPH, or an enlarged prostate, call our office in Sewell or Vorhees, New Jersey at (877) 388-2778 or request your appointment online.