Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Have an Enlarged Prostate? 

Men over 50 often have poor urine flow or the need to urinate often. This usually happens when the prostate gets too large, a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (or BPH). But you don’t have to suffer in silence. CHA offers exciting new treatments that can improve your lifestyle. These are low risk and usually have few complications. Call us at 617-665-2555 to make an appointment.

About your Prostate

The prostate is a small gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It is located between the penis and anus and next to the urethra, a small tube that allows the flow of urine. If the prostate gets too large, it can press against the urethra and slow down or block the flow of urine. 

An enlarged prostate is common in older men. But it’s important to know that BPH is not cancer and will not increase your chance of getting prostate cancer. However, treating BPH can help prevent problems like bladder or kidney damage and urinary tract infections (UTI).

Symptoms of BPH

  1. Need to urinate often
  2. Have weak or slow urine flow
  3. Wake up more than two times at night to urinate 
  4. Need to go again, even after just urinating
  5. Have urine leaking after urinating

CHA offers the latest treatments for BPH


Rezūm is a cutting edge treatment that uses water vapor to reduce prostate tissue. It is low risk and can be done quickly in the doctor’s office using local anesthesia. The water vapor targets the prostate tissue for just nine seconds. 

When the tissue shrinks it releases pressure off of the urethra so urine can flow normally. With Rezūm, the number of treatments depends on the size of your enlarged prostate. Most patients see results within two weeks. Since there are no cuts, most patients return to everyday activities in a few days. 

GreenLight Laser Therapy 

The GreenLight laser is another exciting treatment for BPH being done at CHA. The treatment uses a laser to remove excess prostate tissue. 

During GreenLight Laser Therapy, you get general anesthesia. This means you will not be awake during the procedure. Once you are asleep, your doctor will place a small scope into your urethra to view the prostate. After the prostate is located, your doctor uses the laser light to get rid of excess tissue. The procedure takes about an hour.

After surgery, patients typically go home. Some patients report swelling after the procedure. You may need a temporary urinary catheter to help urine drain from your bladder. Others have a little discomfort such as burning or blood when urinating for a few days. Most patients recover quickly and can return to their everyday tasks.

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