Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate, is a common, benign (not cancerous) condition in older men in which the prostate gland enlarges. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that produces semen, the fluid that transports sperm. Located below the bladder and surrounding the urethra (the tube carrying urine out of the body), an enlarged prostate can squeeze the urethra and cause difficulty with urination.
The BPH specialists at Tennessee Urology have the experience men want and need to restore quality of life and alleviate the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. From more conservative, non-surgical measures to innovative minimally invasive procedures, our urologists provide the most advanced care for men living with BPH.
What Causes an Enlarged Prostate?
BPH is related to the normal aging process and is influenced by changes in the body’s levels of the male hormone testosterone. In some cases, an enlarged prostate may also be genetic. More than half of men age 50 and older and 90 percent of men age 80 and older have BPH. [Source: National Association for Continence]
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