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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Diagnosis

An estimated 50% of all men between the ages of 50 and 60 will experience benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). While having a prostate check can be intimidating for many people, a BPH test can help identify non-cancerous prostate enlargement before debilitating symptoms and complications arise.

BPH is typically not a cause for concern, though it can sometimes lead to more severe conditions. To ensure effective BPH management, your medical team must perform specific tests. BPH tests can help your medical team with the following:

Georgia Prostate Institute offers the next-generation diagnostic test for BPH, helping patients manage progressive BPH effectively. We are committed to utilizing the latest advancements in medical technology to provide the most effective treatments for BPH. Our team of experts stays up to date with the latest research and studies to develop innovative approaches to BPH management. 

What is Involved in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Diagnosis?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common disorder affecting men as they age. It occurs when the prostate gland enlarges, causing various symptoms that can dramatically affect the quality of life. Your provider will conduct several procedures to diagnose BPH and gather the necessary information.

Taking a Complete Medical History

The first step in diagnosing BPH is taking a complete medical history. Taking a medical history includes asking questions about any symptoms, such as difficulty urinating, frequent urination, weak urine stream, or difficulty starting or stopping urination. The history will also include information about any family history of prostate problems or previous urological conditions.

Performing a Physical Exam (Digital Rectal Exam for BPH)

During a physical exam, a healthcare professional will perform a digital rectal exam (DRE) to evaluate the condition of the prostate gland. DRE involves manually feeling the size of the prostate to detect any abnormalities. The DRE helps determine whether the prostate is enlarged or if there are any other abnormalities.

Ordering a BPH Blood Test

In addition to physical examination, a blood test may be ordered to help confirm the diagnosis of BPH. This test measures the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level in the blood. While elevated PSA levels can indicate the presence of prostate cancer, they can also be an indication of BPH. 

Performing a BPH Ultrasound

A BPH ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging test that uses sound waves to generate detailed pictures of the prostate gland. This test helps evaluate the prostate's size, shape, and structure and identify any suspicious areas. Ultrasound is often used with a DRE to provide a more comprehensive assessment of BPH.

BPH Cystoscopy

BPH cystoscopy is a procedure that involves inserting a tool called a cystoscope into the urethra to check for urethra constriction. The cystoscope allows the doctor to visualize the inside of the urethra and assess any narrowing or blockages. This test helps determine the severity of BPH and guides the treatment plan.

How Do I Lower My BPH Risk?

While there is no guaranteed way to prevent BPH, several lifestyle adjustments can help reduce the risk of developing the condition.

Georgia Prostate Institute: Fast, Accurate BPH Diagnosis and Treatment

At Georgia Prostate Institute, we understand that dealing with benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) can be challenging. We realize that BPH can profoundly affect physical and emotional well-being, and we are dedicated to supporting our patients during treatment.

Georgia Prostate Institute is a leading provider of compassionate and state-of-the-art medical interventions for BPH and its symptoms, including prostate artery embolization in Atlanta. Our team of skilled healthcare professionals is committed to helping men manage their BPH symptoms and improve their quality of life.

If you have concerns about BPH symptoms or your prostate health, we encourage you to contact our helpful representatives today to schedule a consultation.

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