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Pretoria – Many men over the age of 60 have an enlarged prostate which can affect their urinary system and quality of life.
Treatments exist and range from medicine to minimally invasive surgery.
According to research conducted by Harvard Medical School, by the age of 60, half of all men will have an enlarged prostate, a condition also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia. At 85, the proportion reaches 90%.
Dr François Duvenage of the Pretoria Urology Hospital said men often think that frequent toilet trips are a natural part of aging, when in most cases it is due to an enlarged prostate.
“In some cases, the solution is a minimally invasive procedure known as transurethral resection of the prostate, a common procedure in patients after two to three days of hospitalization,” he said.
Duvenage explained that an enlarged prostate puts pressure on the urethra, affecting urination.
The procedure, he said, was recommended when an enlarged prostate did not respond to medication.
Symptoms include difficulty starting to urinate or inability to empty the bladder completely, straining to urinate, poor urine output, or stopping and starting, including sudden urges to urinate or a frequent urge to urinate. including at night (called nocturia).
“Not all men with an enlarged prostate need this procedure. Medication helps if diagnosed early. I recommend all men over 40 to see a urologist every year to check for a prostate. cancerous or enlarged, ”said Duvenage.
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