Prostate issues are a common occurrence among men. Several issues can arise, varying in severity and symptoms. With over two decades of experience in urological services, the offices of Dr. Edward Gheiler examines when you should seek out help from a urologist for your prostate.
The prostate is a gland that facilitates the production of semen in men. It is located below the bladder, above the rectum. The gland wraps around the urethral tube, carrying semen and urine out of the body, which is why many of the symptoms revolve around urinary issues.
Symptoms of prostate issues vary and can point to several different problems, as most prostate issues produce similar symptoms. These symptoms include frequent urge to urinate, waking up several times through the night to urinate, blood in urine or semen, a painful or burning sensation when urinating, painful ejaculation, stiffness in the lower back, and difficulty urinating.
While not necessarily pointing to prostate issues, if you experience any, or a combination, of these symptoms, it is vital to seek the help of a specialist. The key to successful prostate treatment is early diagnosis and action.
Prostate cancer is the development of cancerous cells in the prostate, often leading to an enlarged prostate. Most people are aware of the existence and far too common diagnosis of prostate cancer. However, there are various other issues that can cause symptoms similar to those of prostate cancer.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition, with the risk increasing with age. BPH is when the prostate gland becomes enlarged but is not cancerous. Treatments for BPH include medication, active surveillance, and surgery.
Acute bacterial prostatitis usually occurs from a bacterial infection in the body, spreading to the prostate. The main prescribed treatment for acute bacterial prostatitis is antibiotics.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis is a recurring bacterial infection of the prostate. Treatment for this ailment can be complicated, as it is a chronic condition. Treatment usually consists of prolonged use of antibiotic medication.
Chronic prostatitis is when the prostate is inflamed for three months or longer, causing continuous pain that develops in the lower back, groin, and/or thighs. Treatment for chronic prostatitis can involve medication, surgery, and general lifestyle changes.
The best way to address issues with the prostate is early detection. While visiting your regular physician isn’t the worst idea, consulting with a specialist can yield the best results. The offices of Happy Urology specialize in prostate exams and treatment, with added specialties in the penuma penis implant, dealing with kidney stones, and other men’s health issues. Due to our variety of services, if it turns out your prostate is operating normally, we are able to identify other causes for your discomfort and symptoms. Many symptoms of prostate issues can, in fact, indicate kidney stones or other urinary problems.
Contact our South Florida urology office today for consultations and treatment.