Questions about BPH:
- What is the prostate gland?
- What causes BPH?
- Is BPH common?
- Will symptoms improve or get worse over time?
- What’s the difference between BPH and prostate cancer? Does having BPH put me more at risk for prostate cancer?
- Can lifestyle factors such as food, exercise, and stress play a role in BPH?
Questions about BPH treatments:
- How do you typically treat BPH? What are the risks and benefits of each of these treatments?
- What are surgical and less invasive options for treating BPH? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these treatments?
- If I don’t want surgery, what alternatives are available?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages to watching and waiting?
- What medications are available to treat BPH and am I a candidate for medical therapy? Why or why not? What are the benefits and risks of medical therapy? Side effects?
- Have all the necessary diagnostic tests been performed? Why or why not? – Digital rectal exam (DRE)?
– Urine test (urinalysis)?
– Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test?
– Post-void residual (PVR) test?
– Uroflowmetry to measure how fast urine flows?
– Cystoscopy to look inside the urethra or bladder?
– Urodynamic pressure to test the pressure in the bladder when urinating?
– Ultrasound of the prostate?
Questions about more invasive surgical options:
- Do I need to have surgery? Will only part of my prostate be removed? If so, why?
- Is there a particular surgery that would be better for my situation?
- What are the risks associated with surgery?
- What are the risks associated with postponing surgery?
- Will I experience erectile dysfunction (ED) after surgery? Can the symptoms of ED be treated?
- What are the risks and benefits of treatment(s) for ED?
- What are the limitations of surgery?
- Will surgery cure BPH?
Questions about PAE:
- Do you refer patients for PAE? If not, why?
- How many patients have you referred for PAE and how many have chosen PAE to treat BPH?
- Will you refer me to an Interventional Radiologist for a consultation?