What is BPH?

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, a common condition affecting one out of every two men over the age of 50, and up to 90% of men older than 80.1

As the prostate grows, it can constrict the urethra and cause bothersome urinary symptoms, including a frequent or urgent need to urinate. Untreated, BPH can block the flow of urine out of the bladder and cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.2

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BPH Symptoms Include:

  • Needing to go frequently or urgently
  • Stopping or starting during urination
  • Needing to push or strain during urination
  • Having a weak urine stream
  • Incomplete emptying of the bladder
  • Needing to go frequently at night
Normal prostate compared with prostate affected by BPH symptoms

Treatment Options

If you are experiencing lower tract urinary symptoms (LUTS) due to BPH, talk to your urologist to identify the best treatment options for you. For men with mild symptoms, your doctor may just monitor your symptoms before recommending treatment. First line treatment for those with more significant symptoms is medical management. If medical management fails or becomes too burdensome (side effects or cost), surgical intervention is recommended, often eliminating the need to continue medication after the procedure.

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While effective for some, BPH medications are typically only used to treat mild to moderate symptoms and are associated with bothersome side effects including retrograde ejaculation and other sexual side effects, as well as nausea and dizziness.

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Surgical Treatments

Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and laser therapy are the most common surgical treatments. They are successful at removing the enlarged tissue, but utilize heat and have significant complications, including a high risk of sexual side effects.3

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Aquablation Therapy

Aquablation therapy with the AquaBeam System is a new BPH treatment that is changing the tradeoff between symptom relief and side effects. Harnessing the unique power of water, Aquablation therapy eliminates the possibility of complications arising from thermal injury.
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3 Thomas, James A. et al. Two-year Outcomesof GOLIATH Study European Urology, Volume 69 , Issue 1 , 94 – 102

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About Daniel Cher, MD, VP of Medical Affairs

Daniel Cher, MD, VP Quality, Regulatory Affairs, and BiostatisticsDr. Cher is an internist with over 20 years of clinical research experience in a variety of medical device applications. He develops clinical and regulatory strategies, designs and leads clinical trials, and conducts statistical analysis. Most recently, he served as VP of Clinical Affairs at SI-BONE and VP of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Chestnut Medical Technologies.

Educated at Stanford and Yale Universities, Dr. Cher pursued his internal medicine residency at University of Wisconsin, and California Pacific Medical Center. He gained additional training in general internal medicine and research methods at Stanford University and the Palo Alto VA Hospital.