What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH affects up to 50% of men over the age of 50, and the incidence increases with increasing age.
It is often associated with the development of troublesome urinary symptoms, which can adversely affect a man’s quality of life. The symptoms of BPH can vary from person to person, but typically include straining or difficulty to begin urination, weak urine flow, stop-start urine flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, a sudden urge to urinate, and frequent need to urinate overnight. Men who are experiencing urinary symptoms should ask their GP for a referral to visit a urologist for an assessment.
To diagnose BPH, the urologists at Melbourne Urology Centre take a thorough patient history, to assess the severity of the patient’s symptoms. An examination is performed, and then further tests may be requested as required. The examination may involve a questionnaire, mid-stream urine test, PSA blood test, renal tract ultrasound, flow rate, and/or flexible cystoscopy.
At Melbourne Urology Centre, Dr Shekib Shahbaz and Dr Tony de Sousa offer patients a range of medical and surgical treatment options for BPH. Your urologist will tailor and individual treatment plan that is most appropriate for your condition and lifestyle. You can find more information on our website at www.melbourneurologycentre.com.au
Our main rooms are located at the Specialist Centre adjacent to St John of God Hospital in Berwick. Should you wish to make an appointment with our urologists, please telephone our rooms on 1300 702 811.