New York, New York (PRWEB) November 21, 2008
Dr. J. Francois Eid has performed more internal penile implant surgeries than anyone in the world and has built a reputation for excellence in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). New evidence from large-scale epidemiological studies supports the relationship between erectile dysfunction and lower urinary tract symptoms caused by benign prostate enlargement. Furthermore, studies show that the chemical nitric oxide (NO) plays an important role in normal erectile function and in the function of the prostate. Finally, animal studies reveal that obstruction of the bladder by the prostate causes erectile dysfunction. For these reasons, Dr. Eid is now expanding his practice to treat more patients with benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). Though he has treated many men with BPH in the past, Dr. Eid would like to make BPH a central area of focus, along with erectile dysfunction.
Little known is the fact that BPH affects 40 percent of men in their 50s, 60 percent of men in their 60s and more than 80 percent of men in their 80s. Many men who experience the symptoms of BPH, like an increased need to urinate or a weak urinary stream, attribute such symptoms to aging and believe such bothersome annoyances are something they simply have to live with. In reality, there are numerous treatments for BPH and Dr. Eid is highly skilled at diagnosing and treating the disease.
Benign prostate hyperplasia is caused by an enlarged prostate gland, which continues to grow throughout a man's lifetime. If the growth exceeds a certain limit, the enlarged prostate presses on the bladder neck and urethra, causing problems with voiding and storage of urine. If BPH is left untreated, permanent urinary problems may occur that seriously impact quality of life. Dr. Eid is driven to increase his BPH caseload because he believes the disease is under-diagnosed and can be treated easily with lasting solutions.
The following are typical symptoms of BPH:
- Frequent need to urinate
- Urgent need to urinate
- Intermittent urine flow
- Incomplete emptying of the bladder
- Dribbling or leaking of urine
- Painful urination
- Blood in the urine
- Failure to empty bladder completely
- Need to urinate during the night
- Bladder pain
- Weak urine stream
Once Dr. Eid determines a patient has BPH, he asks them to answer a series of questions that determine the severity of the prostate enlargement and consequent symptoms. These questions are the basis of a test called the BPH Symptom Score Index, or the American Urological Association Score. If symptoms are mild, watchful waiting is usually recommended. If symptoms are moderate to severe, Dr. Eid recommends medications or surgery with minimally invasive procedures.
Alpha blockers, which include Flomax, Cardura, Hytrin and Uroxatral are the most common way to treat BPH. They work by relaxing the prostate gland's smooth muscle cells so that the urinary obstruction is reduced. The disadvantages of oral treatments are that medications may become ineffective over time and may have bothersome side effects. Also, the need to take pills is cumbersome for some men.
Minimally invasive, non-surgical treatments for BPH include thermotherapy, or transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT). This office treatment, which is a breakthrough in the treatment of BPH, uses heat to reduce excess tissue pressing on the urethra from the enlarged prostate. No anesthesia is needed and thermotherapy is performed in less than an hour. Over 70% of men experience rapid relief of symptoms and are relieved of the burden of taking medication.
If a patient's BPH symptoms are severe and first line treatments have failed, Dr. Eid will recommend laser therapy. GreenLight laser treatment for BPH is becoming increasingly common and is preferred over a surgical procedure called a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) because of the reduced blood loss, avoidance of a catheter and quicker discharge and recovery time. Dr. Eid is an exceptionally qualified urological surgeon for this procedure and is widely recognized for advancing his field. Only on very rare occasions will Dr. Eid suggest a prostatectomy (complete removal of the prostate gland) or a transurethral resection of the prostate.
First and foremost, Dr. Eid wants men to understand that BPH is eminently treatable and is associated with and can cause ED. He is driven to help men with BPH find the most appropriate cure and live uncompromised lives.
About J. Francois Eid, M.D, and UrologicalCare.com
Dr. Eid is the director and founder of Advanced Urological Care in New York City. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at Cornell University. Dr. Eid is one of the foremost specialists in urological prosthetic reconstruction and performs over 300 internal penile implant surgeries per year. Dr. Eid leads workshops on penile prosthesis surgeries worldwide. More information about BPH and Dr. Eid can be found at his website: http://www.urologicalcare.com/
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