BPH Specialist in Bakersfield, California
Helping Men in the Bakersfield area Overcome Symptoms of BPH
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a common condition. As men age, their chances of developing an enlarged prostate increase. Regular prostate exams are essential to maintaining a man's health over time. Going to a urologist or even receiving a prostate exam from your family physician can help to check on the status of the prostate over time. Fortunately, numerous treatment options can help you manage BPH. Urologist Robert Waguespack offers thorough diagnostic services and customized care plans for men with BPH. To schedule an appointment at our urology clinic in Bakersfield, CA, please call (661) 321-3303 or request an appointment through our secure online form.
Common Symptoms of BPH
This added pressure typically results in problems of the urinary system such as:
- A frequent and powerful urge to urinate
- Straining during urination
- Accidental release of urine (urinary incontinence)
- A weak stream of urine
- Trouble starting to urinate
- Stopping and starting the flow of urine several times when urinating
- A constant feeling of fullness in the bladder
- Presence of blood in the urine
- Recurring urinary tract infections
To contact Dr. Robert Waguespack about your intense urinary discomfort, please call (661) 321-3303 for an appointment right away. In extreme circumstances, the urethra can become totally blocked, which will cause severe complications if not treated as soon as possible.
Why BPH Treatment Is Important
Many men will continue to muddle through their symptoms and adjust their life accordingly. This often means taking more bathroom breaks, especially all throughout the night. Not only does this ruin your chances of getting a good night’s rest, but it can also have negative effects on your overall health since BPH can quickly lead to a bladder infection or kidney damage. BPH can also impair your overall quality of life, as you will likely miss many moments while running back and forth to the bathroom. The best way to take full advantage of your life is to discuss your symptoms with Dr. Robert Waguespack to determine which course of treatment will be best for you and your unique case of BPH.
What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. BPH is a very common condition that affects over 42 million men in the US1 and over 660 million aging men worldwide.2.3 Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH.2 While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.
As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms. If left untreated, BPH can lead to permanent bladder damage.4
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- Weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
Symptoms of BPH can cause loss of productivity, depression, and decreased quality of life.7
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.8
You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire. Sharing this information with your physician will help them understand the severity of your symptoms.
Even watchful waiting has its risks. Bladder outlet obstruction could result in irreversible bladder damage if left untreated4
- NeoTract US Market Model estimates for 2020, data on file.
- Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
- US Census Bureau international database worldwide population estimates for 2020
- Tubaro, Drugs Aging 2003
- Rosenberg, Int J Clin Pract 2007
- Vuichoud, Can J Urol 2015
- Speakman, BJUI International 2014
- IMS Health NDTI Urology Specialty Profile Report 2013
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Schedule a Consultation with a BPH Specialist in Bakersfield, CA Today!
If you are experiencing symptoms of an enlarged prostate, contact Dr. Waguespack to discuss your symptoms and the treatment options available. To schedule a consultation with urologist Dr. Waguespack at his urology clinic in Bakersfield, CA, please call (661) 321-3303 or request an appointment through our secure online form.