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Spending Too Much Time in the Men’s Room?

You may have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or an enlarged prostate gland, which can lead to urinary symptoms like frequency, urgency and dribbling. BPH is not cancer and it can be effectively treated in a variety of ways. The experts at University Hospitals can help.

What is BPH?

What is BPH?

A Big Prostate Can Cause Big Problems

The prostate gland, found only in men, is a walnut-sized structure located just below the bladder. It surrounds the upper part of the urethra – the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis and out of the body. The primary role of the prostate gland is to produce some of the fluid that makes semen.

The prostate gland grows until puberty and becomes relatively stable until hormonal changes around age 35 cause it to begin growing again. As it grows, it may begin to squeeze the urethra and lead to difficulties with urination that may include:


FREQUENT urination, especially at night?


A feeling of URGENCY when you have to urinate?


DRIBBLING or a weak urine stream?

BPH Basics

BPH is a Growing Problem for Men

If you are experiencing urinary symptoms that are associated with an enlarged prostate, you’re not alone.

  • It is the most common urologic diagnosis in men aged 45-75
  • By age 60, more than 50 percent of men will have BPH
  • By age 80, 90 percent of men will have BPH
  • Only 20-30 percent of men seek treatment for fear of sexual side effects

Although BPH treatments do have the potential to cause sexual side effects, modern techniques and medical advancements may lessen this risk. The experts at University Hospitals can create a treatment plan that meets your personal goals and lifestyle needs.

Treatment Options

The Most Advanced Treatments for BPH in Northeast Ohio

For many men, BPH can be managed with medications and simple lifestyle changes. For others with more advanced BPH or for those experiencing unwanted side effects from medication, a minimally invasive procedure may be the best option. The urology experts at University Hospitals are highly trained in several surgical techniques that can relieve your symptoms and get you back to enjoying life. Procedures include:

  • HoLEP (holmium laser enucleation of the prostate) – a safe and highly effective procedure that uses a laser to separate prostate tissue from the prostate capsule. This procedure offers a quicker recovery and has little impact on the ability to get an erection. UH is the only provider in the region to offer HoLEP.
  • UroLift® – a same-day, outpatient procedure that uses implants to widen the urethra
  • Photovaporization of the Prostate (PVP) also known as GreenLight™ Laser – a minimally invasive procedure that removes overgrown prostate tissue with a laser
  • TURP (Transurethral resection of the prostate) – a more traditional surgical option that removes excess prostate tissue using specialized instruments
  • Bipolar Vaporization of the Prostate – a newer, less invasive variation of TURP that uses low-temperature plasma energy, instead of heat or electrical energy, to vaporize prostate tissue.

Only you and your doctor can decide which treatment or combination of treatments are best for you. Schedule your consultation online today.

Why UH?

A Personalized, Compassionate Approach to Care

At University Hospitals, we understand that prostate problems are a highly personal issue for men – one that may raise a variety of questions and concerns about treatment and potential side effects. Not only are our urology experts trained in the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques and procedures to manage BPH, they are sensitive to these concerns and work with each patient to find the optimal plan of care.

Your treatment plan will be customized based on the results of advanced diagnostic exams, your overall health and lifestyle, and your priorities and expectations for treatment. Our goal will always be to manage or eliminate your symptoms and minimize size effects.

More treatment options, personalized care and a team of highly skilled urology experts make UH the right choice for patients with prostate problems.

UH Specialists

Meet Our Specialists & Schedule Online

Our experts have the advanced training and expertise to diagnose and treat a wide range of urologic diseases and disorders, including benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH.

Donald Bodner, MD Professor, Surgery, CWRU School of Medicine Schedule Online
Ehud Gnessin, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, Urology, CWRU School of Medicine Schedule Online
Irina Jaeger, MD Division Chief, Urology, UH Ahuja Medical Center Clinical Assistant Professor, Urology, CWRU School of Medicine Schedule Online
Jason Jankowski, MD Assistant Professor, Urology, CWRU School of Medicine Schedule Online
Adam Klein, MD Urology Schedule Online
Aram Loeb, MD Urology Schedule Online
Howard Minott, MD Chairman, Department of Surgery, UH Portage Medical Center Schedule Online
John Zhao, MD Section Chair, Urology, UH Portage Medical Center Schedule Online