Prostate Centre surgeons offer some of the very best expertise in the UK for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which means an enlarged prostate which is not cancerous but which is causing obstruction to your urine flow.
Far more men suffer from benign disease than from cancer. In fact, most of the symptoms that typically occur from middle age onwards (such as difficulty in passing water; need to go to the toilet frequently or urgently; having to get up several times during the night; dribbling at the end of urinary flow; occasional incontinence) are almost always a sign of benign enlargement of the prostate gland rather than cancer, which is usually symptom-free in the early stages.
An enlarged prostate can have a significant impact on a man’s quality of life. It disrupts sleep; limits social activities, sports and travel; causes embarrassment and leads to worries about cancer.
Surgery to correct prostatic enlargement has been practiced since the Second World War, but in the 1960s it became possible to operate via the penis instead of cutting the skin (transurethral resection of the prostate, or TURP).
Since then, TURP has remained the “gold standard” prostate treatment; but a major shift has nevertheless occurred in the relatively recent introduction of pharmaceutical agents, available in tablet form, which can help to “shrink” the prostate.