Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition that affects all aging men to some degree. The prostate gland enlarges for a whole host of reasons, causing complications and uncomfortable side-effects. Half of the men over 50 have a 50% chance of developing BPH, while those over the age of 80 have a 90% chance. Symptoms of BPH can vary from man to man and can worsen over time, but there are various treatments available.
BPH increases the urge to urinate; urinary retention is the most significant symptom of an enlarged prostate gland. As well as being inconvenient, this can be uncomfortable and makes many activities of daily living difficult. One of the treatments available for urinary retention is bladder decompression, a procedure that involves inserting a catheter into the bladder to drain it. In very rare cases where bladder decompression doesn't work, you may need surgery to relieve it.
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