MedicineNET.com: Benign prostatic hyperplasia: Abbreviated BPH. A noncancerous prostate problem in which the normal elements of the prostate gland grow in size and number.
WebMD’s Prostate Anatomy Page provides detailed images, definitions, and information about the prostate. Learn about its function, parts, location on the body, and conditions that affect the prostate, as well as tests and treatments for prostate conditions.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate
An on-line fillable questionaire of BPH symptoms on the Flomax website. The questionaire calculates the AUA BPH Symptom Index Score that is often used by urologists to determine the severity of prostate problems.
A score of 0-7 is mild, 8-19 is moderate, and over 20 is considered severe.
Although the site is sponsored by a drug company, it contains useful information for BPH sufferers.
The American Urological Association developed a BPH Symptom Index Questionnaire that gives you an idea if there is a prostate problem. The questionaire calculates the AUA BPH Symptom Index Score that is often used by urologists to determine the severity of prostate problems.
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American Urological Association (AUA) symptom index is a self-help questionaire that helps men gauge the severity of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). The test asks 7 questions related to common symptoms of BPH.
The frequency of each symptom is then rated on a scale of 1 to 5. These numbers added together provide a score that is used to evaluate the severity of a man's enlarged prostate. An AUA score of 0 to 7 indicates a mild condition; 8 to 19 indicates a moderate condition; and 20 to 35 indicates a severe urinary problem.
Urology Channel overview of benign prostate hyerplasia (BPH).
Mayo Clinic overview of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), including symptoms and treatment.
Prostate Cancer Information
Johns Hopkins Health Alert on EPCA-2, an early prostate cancer antigen-2, first posted on June 7, 2007. EPCA-2 is a prostate cancer marker that appears to have a high correlation to prostate cancer. A test for EPCA-2 was not available as of December 2009.
References: Wikipedia entry on EPCA-2, an early prostate cancer antigen-2
Thorough discussion of prostate cancer, its prevalence, its symptoms, its detection, and treatement.
Prescription drugs for treating prostate an BPH problems
The manufacturer's website for Avodart, a drug that reduces the size of the prostate gland.
"Possible side effects, including sexual side effects and swelling or tenderness of the breast, occur infrequently. Dizziness and an increase in drug-related ejaculation disorders also occurred with combination therapy (AVODART and tamsulosin).
The manufacturer's healthcar professionals website for Proscar, a drug that reduces the size of the prostate gland. The site has links to the Full Prescribing & Patient Product Information pdf files.
"Physicians should inform patients that the volume of ejaculate may be decreased in some patients during treatment with PROSCAR. This decrease does not appear to interfere with normal sexual function. However, impotence and decreased libido may occur in patients treated with PROSCAR . . ..
Holmium Laser Ablation of the Prostate
Article describing Holmium Laser Ablation of the Prostate (HoLAP) and Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP). Brief discussion of where HoLAP fits in with other prostate BPH treatements.
Video explaining the Holmium laser and how a HoLAP (Holmium Laser Ablation of the Prostate) procedure is performed on the prostate. See the video below:
HealthTronics' RevoLix is a newer competitor to the Holmium laser used for HoLAP. The laser is for transurethral surgery of the prostate. It operates in a continuous mode as opposed to the pulse mode of the Holmium laser.
The 2013 nanometer wavelength provides strong absorption in any kind of tissue and works with a wide range of flexible fiber delivery systems.
AllMed Systems has more detailed information.
An endoscopic view of a Photoselective laser vaporization of the prostate (PVP) on a patient with a 100g prostate. The operation was performed by Dr. Gomez Sancha at the Institute of Advanced Urological Surgery, Madrid, Spain. It shows how PVP is a good treatment option also for patients with big prostates. The green light laser us used to remove the prostate tissue surrounding the urethral passage through the prostate. See the video below:
A short video of Dr. Eric Klein describing the green light laser PVP procedure offered in Idaho. He provides basic information on the procedure.
Photoselective laser vaporization of the prostate (PVP) using an antero-lateral operative technique provides a safe and efficacious approach to the surgical management of prostatic obstruction. Potential advantages include minimal post-operative narcotic requirement and catheterization time, as well as a mean length of stay less than 1 day. See the video below:
Video showing the RevoLix Side Fire and Bare Fibre vaporesection of a prostate. The laser makes short work of the surgery.
Trans Urethral Resection of Prostate
Video showing a TURP (Trans Urethral Resection of Prostate) being performed. See the video below:
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