Pointing out that the urinary complaints experienced when the prostate enlarges make the daily life of the patient difficult, Uro-Andrology Specialist Prof. Dr. Halim Hattat, “It reduces the quality of life. Urinary complaints can cause erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and fear of sexual failure. With the examinations, it can be understood what size the prostate enlargement is, whether it is benign or malignant. Depending on the degree of obstruction in benign prostate enlargement, appropriate treatment such as drugs or surgical procedures can be selected for the patient. Technological treatments and lasers used in recent years successfully treat prostate enlargement with minimal side effects.

Stating that men are afraid of becoming a prostate, Prof. Dr. Calligrapher said, “Even though it is thought to be a disease, the prostate is actually a gland found in men. This chestnut-sized gland is located just below the bladder and surrounds the urethra. Therefore, urinary tract complaints develop when prostate tissue enlarges. These complaints and benign enlargements of the prostate are known as ‘being a prostate’ among the people.


Stating that prostate enlargement is a natural condition that occurs in every man, Prof. Dr. Calligrapher said, “Hormone changes that occur in the male body starting from the age of 40 make the prostate enlarge. In other words, every man gets a ‘prostate’ at some point in his life. However, this growth reaches a size that requires treatment in only one-third of men. Those with a family history of prostate enlargement are more susceptible to this disease. More than half of 60-year-old men have an enlarged prostate. Treatment is also necessary when the prostate enlarges and compresses the urinary tract and causes annoying urinary complaints.


Pointing out that many men can get used to it even if they have serious obstructions, since the symptoms of benign enlargement of the prostate gradually increase over the years, Prof. Dr. Calligrapher said, “Men can accept these symptoms as ‘normal’. However, frequent urination, difficult urination, waiting for a while before starting to urinate, urinating intermittently, feeling the urine again very soon after leaving the toilet and feeling that the bladder is not completely empty are among the most common complaints in prostate enlargement. To these we can add sudden urgency, urinary incontinence and waking up at night with the sensation of urinating. Men with urinary problems should consult a specialist without wasting time.”


Stating that in the treatment of prostate enlargement, the enlarged prostate tissue is removed, the obstruction in the urinary canal is eliminated. Dr. “The degree of this obstruction is the main factor in which treatment is chosen. Today, we can remove benign prostate enlargement with various drug treatments, surgical procedures or heat therapies. While drugs can be effective in mild obstructions, we can turn to surgery in more advanced cases. Laser treatments developed in recent years offer the latest technological solutions. For example, in lasers that vaporize the prostate using very high energy, patients can go home a few hours after the procedure and start their daily lives within a few days. The need for catheters is minimized, the drug does not need to be discontinued in patients using blood thinners. Best of all, urinary problems are greatly relieved within 24 hours.”


Underlining that the prostate gland negatively affects sexual life as well as urinary functions, Prof. Dr. Halim Hattat, “Urinary complaints in benign prostate enlargement can cause fear in sexuality. A man who has a urinary problem may turn off from sex because he is afraid that this will happen during intercourse. Sexual reluctance and fear of failure may begin. All of these can lead to erectile dysfunction. In the long run, premature ejaculation can also be seen. For this reason, it is necessary to control the prostate especially in sexual function problems over the age of 40. In the treatments applied in prostate enlargement, choosing the ones with less side effects such as ejaculation back to the bladder, decrease in semen volume, reluctance, erectile dysfunction protects sexual life.

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