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Earl Gurevitch
Dr.
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Naples
Urology
Specialists in Urology
990 Tamiami Trail North
Naples
FL
34102

Is it true that the prostate can get too big and cause problems?

The prostate is an organ found only in men. It functions to produce the majority of fluid in the ejaculate. Benign enlargement of the prostate is a normal process of aging. In some cases, the prostate can grow inwards and cause urinary problems. Symptoms are slow in onset and most commonly include weak stream, hesitancy, intermittency as well as urinary frequency. Symptoms can advance and result in incontinence as well as urinary retention (inability to urinate. Treatment is often effective and usually involves dietary changes, medications, minor office procedures or outpatient surgery.

I wake up several times at night to go to the bathroom. What can be done about this?

Waking up at night to void (nocturia) is a common problem. Evaluation includes a complete history and physical examination since many other medical problems and medications can contribute to this problem. It is then important to perform a urinalysis and a bladder ultrasound to evaluate how well the bladder empties. Computerized urodynamic studies can then be performed to determine the precise function of the bladder, nerves and sphincters which helps to ensure the success of treatment. Nocturia can often be improved with dietary modifications, bladder exercises, biofeedback as well as medications.

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