If you are like most men over 50, you are experiencing some form of BPH symptoms.
BPH, or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, is the natural enlargement of the prostate. It is a normal process that happens to men as they age, and most men experience some form of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) caused by BPH at some point in their lives.
For some, these symptoms are merely a fastidious part of aging, while, for others, the condition can become unmanageable and, in rare cases, dangerous. For these men, medical intervention becomes necessary.
However, with the overwhelming amount of surgical treatments available, how to decide which one is best?
How many patients experience the frustration of trying to make sense of long, medical studies done on a particular procedure? Patients want to understand their options, but are often lost in the medical jargon and complex explanations.
That is why the folks at the Canadian Urological Association (CUA) have created a decision aid tool to help patients better understand the types of surgeries available to treat an enlarged prostate.
The tool is easy to navigate and very helpful, allowing any patients to understand the options that are available to treat his enlarged prostate.
From the get go, the tool acts as a guide, explaining each surgical treatment available in a simple and straight-forward way. Then, it compares the benefits and potential harms of each treatment. Finally, the tool tests the patient’s overall understanding of each treatment, to ensure that treatment preference has been determined in an educated fashion.
Surgical treatments available in the CUA tool include tissue removal surgeries (open prostate removal, TURP, HoLEP, GreenLight) or minimally invasive surgical procedures (Rezūm, UroLift).
Although some treatments may seem ideal, it is important to discuss your options with a specialized medical practitioner who will be aware of the potential contraindications a treatment might have on your overall health or lifestyle.
At the end of the day, your urologist is best suited to help you get to a culminated decision on the best possible treatment for you. The CUA decision aid tool is however an exceptional guide that will help you have an overall understanding of each available surgical treatment and help you establish an initial preference for a specific surgical treatment that seems most suitable to your needs.
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