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Treatments for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

In mild cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), no treatment is necessary. In many cases, men with BPH eventually request medical intervention. The goals of treatment are to allow urine to pass easily, to prevent urine retention, and to reduce the risk of urinary infection .

The treatment and management of BPH may involve medication or surgery. Medication, which is used for less advanced cases, may either relax the bladder outlet valve or shrink the prostate by hormonal manipulation. Surgery removes the obstruction. There are several methods available.

Treatment involves the following:

MedicationsSurgeryAlternative and complementary therapies

Revision Information

  • American Urological Association. Guideline on the management of benign prostatic hyperplasia. American Urological Association website. Available at: Updated 2006. Accessed September 1, 2015.

  • American Urological Association Practice Guidelines Committee. AUA guideline on management of benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol. 2003;170:530-547.

  • Burnett AL, Wein AJ. Benign prostatic hyperplasia in primary care: what you need to know. J Urol. 2006;175:S19-24.

  • Dull, P, Reagan RW Jr, et al. Managing benign prostatic hyperplasia. Am Fam Physician. 2002;66:87-88.

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