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Treatment is not needed for BPH that is causing no or mild symptoms. Many men with BPH will need medical treatment at some time. The goal of treatment is to improve the flow of urine. This should prevent urine retention and to reduce the risk of urinary infections.

Medicine or surgery may be used to treat BPH. Medicine may be used to relax the bladder or adjust hormone to shrink the prostate. It may be the choice for less severe BPH. Surgery may be needed for more severe BPH. There are several methods to remove excess prostate tissue.

Treatment involves the following:

MedicationsSurgeryAlternative and complementary therapies


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Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2020
  • Update Date: 11/03/2020