By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 13, 2022
In a recent article, LeBron James stated
that getting lots of sleep
is the key to his seemingly endless energy on the court, even as he approaches 40. As any physician can confirm, LeBron is exactly right.
Unfortunately for millions of men, uninterrupted sleep is impossible due to an enlarged prostate (BPH)
, resulting in the need to urinate when you should be sleeping. Fortunately, uninterrupted sleep is not some lofty goal on par with being named the NBA MVP 4 times.
Instead, there are a variety of treatments for enlarged prostate that can afford you the kind of sleep you need to perform your best.
Here’s how to treat common enlarged prostate problems.
UroLift: Non-Invasive Treatment for Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
The UroLift System is an incredibly effective non-invasive treatment for enlarged prostate (BPH). The procedure involves lifting and moving excess prostate tissue so that it no longer blocks the urethra. The UroLift System is performed as an outpatient procedure in a urologist’s office or outpatient surgery center.
Rezum Therapy: Non-Surgical Treatment for Enlarged Prostate
Rezum Therapy uses steam to dissolve excess prostate that blocks the urethra, resulting in the urge to urinate frequently. Rezum therapy is a non-surgical outpatient procedure performed in your urologist’s office or outpatient surgery center. Men who have Rezum Therapy to treat an enlarged prostate (BPH) may begin noticing relief from symptoms within days, and noticeable improvement within weeks.
Laser Therapy: Minimally-Invasive Treatment for Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
GreenLight™ Laser Therapy is a minimally-invasive treatment for enlarged prostate (BPH) performed in your urologist’s office. In this procedure, laser energy vaporizes and removes excess prostate tissue. This reduces the urgent need to urinate frequently. Within days and weeks, you’ll notice you’re waking up less often in the night to urinate.
Aquablation Therapy: Minimally-Invasive Robotic Treatment for Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
Aquablation Therapy is a different type of treatment for BPH. It’s an advanced, minimally invasive treatment that uses the power of water delivered with robotic precision to provide a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to BPH. It can be performed on prostates of any size and shape.
iTind Treatment: Minimally-Invasive Treatment for Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
The iTind (Temporarily Implanted Nitinol Device) Treatment is a new minimally invasive treatment which takes 5 to 7 days with immediate results. The treatment gently reshapes the urethra, widening the opening through which urine can flow.
There are a variety of oral medications available to treat enlarged prostate. Like all medications, they do include the risk of side effects. All medications must be taken exactly as prescribed. If you experience any side effects from medication, talk to your urologist about non-surgical and non-invasive treatments to improve your ability to sleep through the night.
Medications currently available to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate include alpha-blockers, 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, and PDE-5 inhibitors.
Alpha-blockers that may alleviate symptoms of enlarged prostate
• Alfuzosin (Uroxatral)
• Doxazosin (Cardura)
• Prazosin (Minipress)
• Silodosin (Rapaflo)
• Tamsulosin (Flomax)
• Terazosin (Hytrin)
5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors that can reduce symptoms of enlarged prostate
• Dutasteride (Avodart)
• Dutasteride/Tamsulosin (Jalyn)
• Finasteride (Proscar, Propecia)
PDE-5 Inhibitors that may help reduce frequent urination caused by an enlarged prostate
• Tadalafil (Cialis)
Risks of Poor-Quality Sleep
If you don’t get enough sleep, because you’re constantly awakened by the need to urinate, you’re putting your overall health at risk. Risks of not getting enough sleep include:
• Difficulty Thinking
• Heart Attack
• High Blood Pressure
• Lowered Sex Drive
• Problems with Memory
• Risk of Injury due to Sleepiness
• Weakened Immune System
Get the Sleep You Need by Treating Your Enlarged Prostate
There is no reason to suffer from sleepless nights, just because you have an enlarged prostate. At the Southern California Urology Institute
, Board-Certified Urologist Dr. Gary Bellman provides the latest non-surgical and non-invasive treatments available for men with an enlarged prostate, allowing you to sleep through the night. For additional information on understanding more about Enlarged Prostate BPH and Treatment Options
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gary Bellman, please call 818.912.1899