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Having an Enlarged Prostate is Common among Older Men

An enlarged prostate is a bodily change commonly experienced by older men that can produce symptoms that affect quality of life. When the prostate is oversized, it can put pressure on the urethra, which transports semen and urine out of the penis. This can lead to a number of issues, including frequent urination, the feeling of incomplete bladder emptying, and difficulty starting urination, among other complications.

Having an enlarged prostate does not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer, nor does it mean that you are more likely to develop cancer. There are a variety of effective treatments for an enlarged prostate, and you should consult with a doctor to learn what the most effective course of action might be. Depending on the cause, the severity of the symptoms, and many other factors, treatment options can include:

  • Lifestyle and dietary changes
  • Prescription medication
  • Surgery
  • Prostate artery embolization (PAE)

Tampa General Hospital provides personalized care to men with enlarged prostates using the industry’s most advanced technologies for diagnosis and treatment. If you experience moderate to severe symptoms as a result of a significantly enlarged prostate or have been diagnosed with benign prostate hyperplasia, we may be able to help.

Contact our PAE program coordinator at (813) 539-5995 or complete and submit our online form to begin the process of being evaluated for candidacy for PAE. PAE is a minimally invasive procedure that is best suited for men who have a significantly enlarged prostate or a prostate size that is considered to be a higher risk for transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).