Enlarged Prostate

Advanced Enlarged Prostate Treatment Options in Northeast Ohio

More than half of all men older than 60 will experience benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlargement of the prostate.

For the men of Northeast Ohio, University Hospitals offers the most advanced benign prostatic hyperplasia treatment procedures — including holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). University Hospitals is currently the only health system or hospital in the region to offer HoLEP, performing more than 1,000 procedures.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

The earlier you begin treating BPH, the sooner you can experience relief. If you’re experiencing benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms, please schedule an appointment with one of the UH Urology Institute experts at 1-866-844-2273.

Procedures for Enlarged Prostate

UH offers a variety of treatment options to treat hyperplasia of the prostate, including several minimally invasive procedures that can mean less pain and shorter recovery times. These procedures include:


A minimally invasive procedure with very few side effects, Urolift clears the blockage in the urine channel by placing implants to pull the prostate away from the urethra for improved urine flow. It typically takes four or five implants and the entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes. UH is one of the few hospitals in Northeast Ohio that performs Urolift procedures.


This minimally invasive surgery for enlarged prostate may be required to remove the prostate tissue that causes urination problems or other issues. HoLEP is a safe and highly effective procedure that uses a laser to separate prostate gland tissue from the prostate capsule to improve function and urine flow. It can be used to treat prostates of any size, and offers several advantages over other BPH treatments, including quicker recovery, fewer complications, little impact on the ability to achieve an erection and a lowered chance of requiring future surgeries. UH is the only provider in the region to offer HoLEP.

Other Procedures

Other BPH procedures UH offers include:

  • GreenLight™ laser: A minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser to remove prostate overgrowth. Most patients can be discharged in a day and do not require a catheter.

  • Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP): This traditional surgical procedure for BPH removes excess prostate tissue using a resectoscope tool inserted in the urethra.

Non-Surgical BPH Treatment

Not all men with BPH require surgery. For some men, mild cases of BPH can be treated by taking medication, avoiding fluids at night and exercising to improve bladder control. Let our highly trained and specialized care team at University Hospitals develop an individual care path for you to reduce or eliminate your BPH symptoms.

BPH Symptoms and Tests

The prostate grows throughout most of a man’s life. With BPH, the prostate grows too large and starts to squeeze the urethra, which is the tube that runs from the bladder to the penis.

As a result, men may have trouble urinating, a weak urine stream, sudden urges to urinate or the need to urinate more frequently at night. If untreated, BPH can lead to loss of urine control, urinary tract infections or damage to the kidneys or bladder.

For BPH tests, the physicians at University Hospitals first perform a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and a rectal exam to determine if there is a risk for prostate cancer. An imaging exam such as an ultrasound or a cystoscopy test may also be performed.

If BPH is confirmed, our physicians customize your care based on your results and your other health factors to reduce or eliminate your symptoms. At University Hospitals, we use a comprehensive, team-based approach to care. We work closely with other physicians as needed to ensure our treatments deliver better outcomes for you.

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