Alternatives to Enlarged Prostate Surgery

If you’re dealing with the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, you may wonder what medical treatments are available. Mild cases may only require simple stress reduction therapy and dietary changes. However, a prostate doctor or specialist may recommend enlarged prostate surgery if your condition is more severe.

At Access Vascular Health, we help you understand your options when it comes to enlarged prostate treatments. Dr. Michelle Maneevese has years of experience treating hundreds of patients with minimally invasive and effective procedures. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about non-surgical BPH treatment options.

Do I Need Prostate Surgery?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a progressive condition that causes the prostate to swell and compress abdominal tissue around the urethra.  If you notice pain in your bladder during urination, trouble urinating completely, or other symptoms, it may be time to consider treatment options for an enlarged prostate.

Fortunately, advances in medical technology have made new treatment options available for BPH, eliminating the need for prostate surgery for many men. Often, BPH symptoms can be resolved with a combination of these minimally invasive procedures and lifestyle changes.

Typical signs that you have an enlarged prostate include:

  • The urge to urinate frequently
  • Severe or immobilizing pain in the prostate area or when urinating
  • Symptoms that last longer than a few days
  • Symptoms that affect your daily life
  • Symptoms that interfere with sexual function or confidence

Dr. Maneevese will review your medical history and evaluate your condition during your initial consultation at Access Vascular Health. Then, she will perform a thorough examination, issue a diagnosis, and determine if you are a good candidate for prostate surgery alternative

The Most Common Medical Procedures for an Enlarged Prostate

Prostatic Artery Embolization – PAE

Dr. Maneevese specializes in prostatic artery embolization to alleviate prostate swelling quickly. She will administer this outpatient procedure through an IV and inject microscopic beads into the arteries around the prostate. This method will reduce the size of the gland and restore normal urinary function by blocking blood supply to specific areas of the prostate.

Laser Surgery

Laser surgery is a medical procedure for BPH administered via a small cystoscope. This tool eliminates inflamed prostate tissue and reduces swelling, restricting blood flow to the gland to prevent further enlargement. 

Laser surgery is ideal for men with moderate conditions. Most men who have been recommended laser surgery are good candidates for PAE.

Transurethral Incision and Resection of the Prostate – TURP Surgery

The transurethral technique requires a doctor specializing in prostate treatment to make small incisions directly into the prostate gland via a scope that is inserted through the urethra. Then, using low electrical energy to target gland tissue directly, the doctor removes part of the prostate.

This enlarged prostate surgery requires a short hospital stay. Full recovery generally takes between four to six weeks. Men who are recommend TURP surgery are usually good candidates for prostate surgery alternatives such as PAE.

Prostate Surgery: What to Expect

The amount of patient preparation needed for prostate surgery depends on the type of procedure being performed. If your surgery requires general anesthesia, you should avoid tobacco and alcohol for several weeks. Additionally, your doctor may ask that you refrain from certain medications before the procedure. 

Most prostate surgery procedures that are being performed for moderate BPH symptoms usually requires 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Recovery time for surgical procedures is two to four weeks depending on patient age, health, and the amount of tissue removed.

You will likely need a follow-up appointment a week or two after your surgery. Your doctor will track your progress and determine if additional treatment plans are necessary. These procedures are considered low risks, and patients generally notice improvements in their urinary function within days.

Comparatively, the minimally invasive procedures available at Access Vascular are completely in under an hour and you can go home the same day.

Schedule a Consultation for Prostate Surgery Alternatives with Dr. Maneevese Today

Ignoring the symptoms of BPH usually results in dramatically increased discomfort. The interventional radiology specialist at Access Vascular Health are here to provide you an assessment of your condition and an alternative to prostate surgery.

Dr. Maneevese has helped hundreds of patients recover from BPH with minimally invasive prostate artery embolization. Let Dr. Maneevese in Houston, TX determine if surgical alternatives are right for you. Call Access Vascular Health today to book an appointment.