A few questions to ask yourself:
* How severe are your symptoms?
* Do symptoms prevent you from doing things you enjoy?
* Do they seriously affect your quality of life?
* Are they getting worse?
* Are you ready to accept some small risks to get rid of your symptoms?
* Do you know the risks associated with each treatment?
* Is it time to do something?
Deciding on Treatment for an Enlarged Prostate
A range of treatments can relieve enlarged prostate symptoms — medications, minimally-invasive office procedures, and surgery. The best one for you depends on your symptoms, how severe they are, and whether you have other medical conditions.
The size of your prostate gland, your age, and your overall health will also factor into treatment decisions. What’s best for a man in his 50s might not be optimal for an 80-year-old. An older man may want immediate symptom relief through drugs or surgery, whereas a younger man may lean toward a minimally invasive treatment. According to the American Urological Association, surgery often does the best job of relieving symptoms, but it also has more risks than other treatments.
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