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Don’t suffer in silence with BPH: Dr. Rajesh Gulia
Chandigarh, March 3, 2021: BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia is an age related non-cancerous growth of the prostate gland which can obstruct urine outflow and cause bothersome symptoms.
Dr. Rajesh Gulia, Urologist, Mayo Healthcare Super Specialty Hospital, Mohali said that widespread availability of cost effective and safe medications, In addition to surgical techniques has made the treatment of BPH very easy and accessible to lakhs of patients across the length and breadth of the country.
Dr. Rajesh Gulia said that the most important problems associated with prostate are BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia), Prostatitis and Prostate Cancer. Over 60% of Indian males aged 40 years and above suffer from moderate- severe symptoms of BPH.
The cardinal symptoms of this condition are frequent urination during daytime, getting up at night to urinate or nocturia, difficulty in passing urine and feeling of not having completely emptied one’s bladder.
Though initially mild, symptoms worsen with time and become especially bothersome in the form of severe nocturia (which badly disturbs sleep, physical and mental functioning) inability to postpone or defer the urge to urinate and leakage of urine before reaching the toilet.
The patient tries to cope with the bother of these symptoms by self-remedies such as restricting fluid intake, habitually urinating before embarking on long outdoor trips or going to bed and being almost obsessively conscious of one’s urinary signals and the location of the toilet wherever he goes – all these leading to a quality compromised life.
Even complications related to urinary retention, infections and stones in the urinary tract and rarely damage to both kidneys can develop in a big subset of patients, further lowering the patient’s quality of life and productivity.
Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are proven means of reducing the burden of BPH related morbidity to patients and the society as a whole, by reducing the frequency and severity of both symptoms and complications of BPH.