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Long-Standing BPH and Bladder Function — Why it May Not Be Good to Ignore Urinary Symptoms

Long-Standing BPH and Bladder Function — Why it May Not Be Good to Ignore Urinary Symptoms

BPH is a common condition in men as they age, but it shouldn’t be left untreated when it’s causing symptoms. Urinary issues are common with BPH, and continue to worsen as the prostate enlarges. This can cause bladder function problems in the long run.

If you’re suffering from BPH symptoms, the team at NY Urology can help. Dr. David Shusterman and Dr. Chong-Min Kim are our two kidney stone and urology specialists. Dr. Shusterman and Dr. Kim offer cutting-edge treatments for BPH to relieve your symptoms and keep bladder issues at bay.

What are the symptoms of BPH?

Benign prostate hyperplasia isn’t unusual as you age. In fact, it's quite common in men as a natural part of getting older. However, the symptoms of BPH range from mild to severe.

If you have BPH, you may not have any symptoms at all. However, if you have more advanced BPH, you could have signs such as:

These symptoms are caused when the larger-than-normal prostate presses on your bladder. The symptoms may be unbearable, and make it difficult to go about your normal activities.

If you’re showing signs of BPH, it’s best to get it evaluated by our team. BPH that’s left untreated may have significant effects on your bladder and your health.

How BPH affects your bladder

Your prostate is located around your urethra, which is why BPH causes urinary symptoms. As your prostate gets larger, it compresses your urethra. This is the reason you have issues when urinating.

If your BPH goes untreated, the urinary symptoms have a profound impact on your bladder health. It can lead to serious consequences, including:

Urinary retention

If your prostate occludes your urethra, you may have sudden urinary retention. This makes it impossible for you to empty your bladder. Treatment involves a catheter being inserted to relieve the retained urine. In severe cases, you might need surgery.

Frequent infections

One of the symptoms of BPH is the inability to empty your bladder completely. Retained urine in your bladder causes urinary tract infections. These infections may be frequent, which sometimes warrants surgical removal of part of your prostate.

Damage to your bladder

Constant urine in your bladder from the inability to empty it can cause it to stretch out and become damaged. The muscles in your bladder also become weak, making it difficult for you to urinate or get rid of the urine completely. 

Bladder stones

Bladder stones happen as a result of retained urine. These are harmful, as they can obstruct your urine flow, cause blood in your urine, or lead to bladder infections.

Your kidneys are also affected when it comes to untreated BPH. Urinary tract infections can reach your kidneys, causing more harmful symptoms. These are serious complications that are avoidable with early treatment of BPH.

What urinary symptoms signal a problem?

If you’re experiencing any urinary symptoms, no matter how mild, it’s important that you get treatment as soon as possible. This allows you to avoid the complications of long-standing BPH. 

However, if you’re not experiencing symptoms but suddenly have any of the following, make sure to get in for treatment right away:

These are signs of the complications of BPH, and our team needs to address them immediately. They provide diagnostic exams and a variety of treatments to get your BPH symptoms under control and get you feeling better.

If you’re exhibiting the signs of BPH, don’t hesitate to call our team today at 212-991-9991 to set up an appointment. You can also book on the website using our convenient scheduling tool. 

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