S. Adam Ramin, MD
Urologist & Urological Oncologist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA
An enlarged prostate may be a common consequence of aging, but you certainly don’t have to learn to live with it. S. Adam Ramin, MD, is a board-certified urologist and surgeon with offices in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles. He’s well-acquainted with many effective treatments that can relieve the discomfort and other symptoms associated with prostate enlargement, including the new and impressively successful UroLift® technique. Don’t let an enlarged prostate interfere with your life. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramin today. You can call the office or book your visit online.
Enlarged Prostate Q & A
What causes prostate enlargement?
Benign (noncancerous) prostate enlargement, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a common consequence of the natural aging process and may be related to changes in sex hormones that occur with aging.
The prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that sits directly below your urinary bladder and surrounds the urethra, which is the small tube that carries urine away from the bladder and out of the body. The prostate gland produces the semen noted during ejaculation.
If the prostate gland grows large enough to put pressure on the urethra and surrounding tissue structures, you may develop symptoms associated with BPH, such as
- Frequent need to urinate, especially at night
- Weak urine stream and dribbling
- Stopping and starting the urine stream
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Sensation of incomplete bladder emptying
What are my chances of having problems with BPH?
It’s estimated that about one-third of men over age 60 will have moderate-to-severe problems related to BPH. By age 80, about one-half of all men experience significant problems.
Other factors that increase your risk of BPH include:
- Family history of prostate problems in a brother or father
- Personal medical history of diabetes or heart disease
- Use of certain medications, such as beta-blockers for high blood pressure
What is the treatment for BPH?
Treatment for BPH varies and may include medications or surgery, such as bipolar transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), during which all but the outer layer of the prostate is removed.
Other innovative therapies that are proving very effective for BPH include GreenLight™ laser therapy. This treatment method uses laser energy to evaporate prostate tissue that is blocking the outlet to the bladder.
The newest therapy available for BPH is UroLift®. This technique uses tiny, permanently placed implants to lift and hold back the prostate tissue that’s blocking the urethra. There’s no need to remove excess prostate tissue with UroLift.
Dr. Ramin finds UroLift results quite impressive. He’s one of the busiest providers performing UroLift in the Los Angeles region and is happy to offer this advanced and innovative therapy to those experiencing issues with BPH.
For men with extremely enlarged prostates, Dr. Ramin offers robotic surgery to remove the portion of the prostate that is causing obstruction. Robotic Simple Prostatectomy or Subtotal Prostatectomy is an excellent, minimally invasive treatment option for patients with prostate glands greater than 100 gm.
When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Ramin works with you to design a BPH treatment plan that resolves your symptoms and fits with your lifestyle and circumstances. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book your visit online.