Enlarged Prostate

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate. The typical prostate is the size of a walnut. As men age, it increases in size and can grow into the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body, and can cause urinary and bladder symptoms.

Some common symptoms men report are straining to start urine flow, weak urine stream, need to urinate two or more times at night, inability to urinate or dribbling at the end of urination. Several treatments can cure this problem.

Treatment options at Memorial


Pills can either help shrink the prostate or help you urinate better. Most medicines take a few weeks to start working, but some men notice symptom improvement sooner. If medication treatment fails, surgery may be an option.


TURP, which stands for transurethral resection of the prostate, is a treatment offered for BPH. This procedure is performed through a cystoscopic approach under general anesthesia and usually takes up to an hour.

This process removes the prostate tissue that is blocking the urethra.  A Foley catheter is inserted and attached to a continuous bladder irrigation system.

You will be in the hospital for one to three days to recover. The catheter usually is removed before you leave the hospital.

Green Light Laser

Green Light Laser is another treatment offered for BPH. Memorial Urology Services offers the most advanced lasers to treat this diagnosis. Learn more about this featured technology treatment, laser therapy.