Benign Prostatic Enlargement (BPH) Treatment Options for Santa Barbara

Benign Prostatic Enlargement Santa Barbara Urologists

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that forms part of the male reproductive system, supplying some of the fluid in semen and nutrients to the sperm during and after ejaculation. It is common for this gland to become enlarged as a man ages. Doctors call this condition benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or benign prostatic hypertrophy. Because the dual lobes of the prostate surround the urethra, BPH sometimes leads to urinary issues.

As the prostate enlarges, it presses against the urethra like a clamp on a garden hose. The bladder wall becomes thicker and begins to contract, causing more frequent urination. Eventually, the bladder weakens and loses the ability to empty itself. The narrowing of the urethra and partial emptying of the bladder cause many of the problems associated with BPH, such as burning pain while urinating or ejaculating, excessively frequent urination, weak stream, incontinence, and leaking.
Although the prostate continues to grow during most of a man's life, this enlargement doesn't usually cause problems until after age 40—more than half of men in their sixties and as many as 90 percent in their seventies and eighties have some symptoms of BPH. Read more about BPH

Dr. Laub specializes in the most advanced minimally-invasive surgical treatments for benign prostatic enlargement, generally performed on an outpatient basis. These procedures include:

For an accurate diagnosis and more information about the available procedures for BPH, contact our office.