Enlarged Prostate Specialist

LA Vascular Specialists

Vascular Specialists located in Beverly Hills, Encino & Glendale, CA

An enlarged prostate is a common condition that affects men as they get older. It causes symptoms that affect urination, which tend to worsen over time. Ramtin Massoudi, MD, and the team of board-certified doctors at LA Vascular Specialists in the Beverly Hills, Glendale, and Encino communities of Los Angeles, California, perform minimally invasive procedures to treat an enlarged prostate and alleviate symptoms. To schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options for your enlarged prostate, call the office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.

Enlarged Prostate

What is the prostate?

Located under your bladder, the prostate gland produces fluid that helps carry sperm during ejaculation. Your urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder and out of your body, runs through the prostate gland.

This gland goes through two growth spurts. The first growth spurt occurs during puberty, and the second growth spurt starts at age 25 and continues for the remainder of your life. 

When your prostate grows larger, it may start to affect the function of your bladder and urethra, resulting in various symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).

What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?

Symptoms of an enlarged prostate vary but tend to worsen as you get older. Common symptoms of BPH include:

  • An increase in the need to urinate
  • An uncomfortable and strong urge to urinate
  • A weak urine stream
  • A hard time initiating urination
  • An inability to completely empty your bladder
  • Pain during urination
  • Blood in your urine
  • Incontinence

The size of your prostate may not coincide with the severity of your symptoms. However, your symptoms play a significant role in determining the best treatment options for your enlarged prostate. 

When should I seek medical care for an enlarged prostate?

You should schedule an appointment with your primary care provider anytime you’re experiencing urinary symptoms. Finding and treating the cause of your symptoms may help prevent them from getting worse. You can turn to LA Vascular Specialists for expertise in treating an enlarged prostate.

How is an enlarged prostate treated?

There are many treatment options for an enlarged prostate. The type of treatment best suited for you may depend on the severity of your symptoms, size of your prostate, and overall health and wellness.

For mild to moderate symptoms, your doctor may prescribe medication that improves urination, shrinks your prostate, and alleviates your symptoms. 

If your symptoms are moderate to severe or medication fails to provide adequate relief, then you may need a minimally invasive procedure to treat your enlarged prostate. 

Prostate artery embolization is a minimally invasive treatment option for an enlarged prostate. During the procedure, your provider at LA Vascular Specialists injects tiny particles into the artery that supplies blood to your prostate. 

This reduces blood flow, decreases the size of your prostate, and alleviates your symptoms. 

Other minimally invasive procedures for BPH include:

  • Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
  • Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP)
  • Transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT)
  • Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA)
  • Laser treatment
  • Prostatic urethral lift (PUL)

The team at LA Vascular Specialists can talk to you about the minimally invasive treatment options for your BPH and help you decide what procedure makes the best choice for you. 

To discuss treatment options for your enlarged prostate, call LA Vascular Specialists, or book an appointment online today.