Enlarged Prostate

Khaled Fareed, MD -  - Urology

Urology Center of Orange County

Khaled Fareed, MD

Urology located in Fountain Valley, CA

Half of all men over the age of 50 have an enlarged prostate, mostly because the gland naturally grows throughout adulthood. An enlarged prostate only causes problems when it affects your ability to urinate. At the Urology Center of Orange County, Khaled Fareed, MD, has helped many men overcome their symptoms with medication or advanced in-office treatments such as the UroLift® System and Rezūm™ Water Vapor Therapy. Don’t wait to get help if you have trouble urinating. Call the office in Fountain Valley, California today.

Enlarged Prostate Q&A

What causes an enlarged prostate?

Your prostate naturally enlarges as you get older, as it goes through a growth phase that begins in your mid-20’s and continues throughout your life. However, in some men, their prostate grows enough to pinch the urethra.

The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine. When the gland reaches a certain size, it compresses the urethra and causes urinary symptoms. That’s when you receive an enlarged prostate diagnosis, a condition also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

What symptoms develop if I have an enlarged prostate?

The symptoms of an enlarged prostate involve your urinary system and include problems such as:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Weak flow of urine
  • Urine flow that stops and starts
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Dribbling (incontinence) after you urinate
  • Inability to empty your bladder
  • Needing to urinate during the night

Though not as common, you may also develop urinary tract infections or see blood in your urine. In severe cases, being unable to urinate is your first symptom.

How is an enlarged prostate treated?

Enlarged prostates have several levels of treatment, depending on your symptoms. If you have mild symptoms, Dr. Fareed may monitor the growth of your prostate gland with regular appointments. He begins treatment when the gland enlarges enough to cause symptoms.

Some men may get the relief they need with prescription medications. These drugs improve urination by shrinking the size of the prostate or relaxing muscles in the prostate and bladder. 

Dr. Fareed has extensive experience treating an enlarged prostate at the Urology Center of Orange County using several minimally invasive procedures. For example, he performs different types of laser procedures to safely remove some of the gland. 

However, he frequently recommends two advanced, in-office procedures:

UroLift System

UroLift improves urine flow with implants that gently move the prostate away from the urethra. Dr. Fareed inserts the UroLift device into your penis and guides it through the urethra to the prostate. Then he uses the device to place specialized implants on the prostate.

Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy

The Rezūm device also goes through the urethra and into the area your prostate surrounds. Then Dr. Fareed uses the device to send a short burst of steam into the prostate. The steam kills the targeted cells, effectively reducing the size of the prostate.

Though minimally invasive procedures work for most men, some may need surgery to remove part or all the prostate. Two of the most common surgical procedures include transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and robotic nerve-sparing prostatectomy.

If you have trouble urinating and suspect an enlarged prostate, call the Urology Center of Orange County today.