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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Enlarged prostate

Many men develop an enlarged prostate as part of aging. When the increase in size applies pressure on the urethra — the tube that passes through the prostate and carries urine and sperm out of the body – urination can become difficult. This is referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, which is the most common prostate problem in men.

An enlarged prostate can also cause other bothersome urinary symptoms such as frequent urination day and night, urinary leakage or incontinence, or an overwhelming urge to urinate. Our UF Health urologists can offer solutions to keep these urinary problems from interfering with your quality of life.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): What you need to know

• Though BPH can mimic some of the symptoms of prostate cancer, it is not cancer and will not develop into cancer.

• BPH should be treated to when symptoms become bothersome. In addition, without treatment, BPH can cause kidney damage or other serious conditions.

• Surgery is not the only treatment available. There are other procedures and medicines that can be tailored to fit your needs and manage your symptoms.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): Our expertise

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At UF Health Jacksonville, our urologists are accomplished leaders in their field, yet they also receive high marks from their patients for personalized care. You can rely on their experience and their willingness to listen and work with you to develop an effective treatment plan that will fit your needs.

Advanced research and technology

As a part of a leading academic health center, our urology team can offer you the most advanced research-based treatments to provide you with the best possible outcomes.

UF Health Jacksonville urologist Joseph Costa, DO, discusses benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is the growth of the prostate tissue over time that may impact urinary function. UF Health Urology in Jacksonville combines exceptional care and the resources of an academic health center to help improve the quality of our patients’ lives. Our specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating a variety of urological conditions, including adult male and female general urology, erectile dysfunction services, genitourinary oncology, vasectomy and more.

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