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Conditions We Treat: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH produces symptoms by constricting the flow of urine through the urethra.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: What You Need to Know

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  • BPH is the most common benign tumor found in men.
  • Treatment is only necessary if symptoms become bothersome.
  • As is true for prostate cancer, BPH occurs more often in the West.
  • Symptoms related to BPH are present in about a one-quarter of men by age 55, and in about one-half of 75-year-old men by age 75.
  • Surgery was the only option until the recent approval of drugs that can relieve symptoms either by shrinking the prostate or by relaxing the prostate muscle.

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Request an Appointment

Request an appointment with a Johns Hopkins Urology specialist at one of our convenient locations in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas.

 

Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Treatment of BPH?

Our Physicians

Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help manage BPH.

Photo of Dr. Justin Omar Benabdallah, M.D.

Benabdallah, Justin Omar, M.D.

Primary Location: Sibley Medical Building
 
Photo of Dr. Arthur Louis Burnett, M.D.

Burnett, Arthur Louis, M.D.

Primary Location: Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
 
Photo of Dr. Michael Adam Gorin, M.D.

Gorin, Michael Adam, M.D.

Primary Location: The Johns Hopkins Hospital
 
Photo of Dr. Amin Sedaghat Herati, M.D.

Herati, Amin Sedaghat, M.D.

Primary Location: Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station
 
Photo of Dr. Michael Hiroshi Johnson, M.D.

Johnson, Michael Hiroshi, M.D.

Primary Location: The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)
 
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Mostwin, Jacek Lech, D.Phil., M.D.

Primary Location: Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
 
Photo of Dr. Edward James Wright, III, M.D.

Wright, Edward James, M.D. III

Primary Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
 

Our Treatments

Our specialists are constantly exploring new ways to relieve men’s symptoms and boost their quality of life. Transurethral resection of the prostate has long been the gold standard to treat BPH, but research suggests that new techniques involving vaporization may be safer and just as effective.

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