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What Is The Best Treatment for BPH?

10 Jan, 2024 | BPH |

For many men, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is an unwelcome companion that comes with age. This condition, characterized by an enlarged prostate, can disrupt daily life with symptoms like frequent urination, difficulty starting urination, and the inability to empty the bladder completely. 

But with advancements in medical technology, there are now a variety of treatments available. The challenge? Finding the right balance between effective symptom relief, procedure durability, and minimal side effects. Dr. Slade is changing the game when it comes to treating this common urological issue and providing men with the best treatment for BPH in Idaho. 

What Are Traditional BPH Treatments?

Historically, BPH treatments have ranged from daily medications to invasive surgeries. Drugs like alpha-blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors can offer symptom relief, but they're not without their drawbacks. Side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction can be discouraging. 

On the surgical front, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) has been a traditional procedure for many urologists. However, its invasive nature often requires catheterization or hospitalization, and comes with risks like bleeding, urinary retention, and the potential need for retreatment. Given these challenges, many men are on the lookout for less invasive yet effective treatments.

What Are The Leading Forms of Treatment for BPH?

Thanks to modern advancements in BPH treatments, Dr. Slade offers cutting-edge procedures to his patients who are ready to stop medications completely and don’t want to deal with the complications of TURP. These modern techniques include HoLEP, ReZum Water Vapor Therapy, Optilume BPH and iTIND 

Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP): A minimally invasive laser procedure, HoLEP targets and removes the obstructive part of the prostate. It's known for its precision, allowing most patients to return home the same day without a Foley urinary catheter. It's the top choice of urologists when either they or a family member is in need of BPH treatment.

ReZum Water Vapor Therapy: This innovative approach uses water vapor to target and reduce prostate tissue, offering symptom relief without significant surgery. It's especially noted for its low risk of causing ejaculatory dysfunction.

Optilume BPH: This treatment involves a balloon dilated within the prostate, coated with medication to keep the blocked area open. It's another option with a low risk of ejaculatory dysfunction.

iTind: A temporary stent placed within the prostate, iTind helps open up the prostate space for many months, if not years. It can be done without general anesthesia and also has a low risk of causing ejaculatory dysfunction.


What Are the Benefits of HoLEP, ReZum, iTIND, and Optilume BPH?

The modern treatments for BPH come with a host of benefits:

  • Minimally Invasive - These treatments avoid the incisions and invasiveness of traditional surgeries.
  • Quick Recovery - With less trauma to the body, patients can return to their normal routines much faster.
  • No Medication Side Effects - Patients can avoid the long-term side effects associated with BPH drug therapies.
  • Efficient Symptom Relief - Most patients report significant improvements in their quality of life after these treatments.

Contact Boise Urologist Dr. Slade for BPH Treatment

If you're seeking the best BPH treatment in Boise, look no further than Dr. Austen Slade. As the only Endo-urologist fellowship-trained surgeon in Idaho, trained under the renowned urological expert, James Lingeman, Marcelino Rivera, and Tim Large, Dr. Slade is at the forefront of BPH treatments. Whether you're considering HoLEP, ReZum, iTIND, or Optilume BPH, Dr. Slade and his team are here to guide you through the process, ensuring you receive the best care possible.

Ready to take the next step in your BPH treatment journey? Contact Dr. Slade to schedule an appointment and explore the best treatment options for you.