Prostate Conditions and Treatments

NJ Prostate Specialists

Prostatitis is the inflammation or infection of the prostate gland. The result is swelling, pain, urination problems, sexual dysfunction, feelings of tiredness and depression. In some cases, prostatitis presents no symptoms at all.
There are four types of prostatitis; the most common is Chronic Prostatitis, a non-bacterial inflammation of the prostate with no known cause.  Another type is Acute Bacterial Prostatitis, the most easily recognized, because this form of prostatitis is due to a sudden bacterial infection with many symptoms present. There is also Chronic Bacteria Prostatitis, where the bacteria grows slowly and is less severe that acute bacterial prostatitis. It is characterized by recurrent urinary tract infections in men. The last type of prostatitus is Asymptomatic Inflammatory Prostatitis. It presents no symptoms and can only be diagnosed when the patient is being evaluated for unrelated causes.

Prostatitis is one of the most common urological diseases in the United States, affecting upward of 50% of men in their lifetime.  Men should seek a medical exam if they are experiencing any symptoms. At Somerset Urological Associates , a digital rectal exam is utilized to make a diagnosis. Treatment usually includes antibiotics and self-care.
Erectile Dysfunction, or impotence, is when a man cannot attain or keep an erection long enough for sexual activity. It is normal to experience an erectile dysfunction every once in awhile, but if it becomes a recurring problem it is best to seek medical advice.  Erectile dysfunction can be a result of many different causes including certain medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis, overconsumption of alcohol, and drowsiness.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Erectile dysfunction usually occurs as men age, and is most often resolved through lifestyle changes. Men are advised to reduce tobacco and alcohol intake, change medications, take prescription medication for erections, psychological counseling to reduce stress or anxiety, and use of vacuum constriction devices. In cases where lifestyle changes do not work, surgery to place an implant in the penis to cause an erection may be advised.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is the enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH is not cancerous, but it does cause several urination problems. It usually occurs as men get older, and affects about half of all men over the age of 75.  To determine if you have BPH, a doctor may perform a digital rectal exam or urine test. Usually, treatment is not recommended unless the symptoms are extremely bothersome.

Treatment usually begins with lifestyle changes, including a reduction in consumption of alcohol and tobacco, or avoidance of certain medications that restrict urine flow. When this is ineffective, your doctor may recommend invasive procedures to reduce the size of the prostate.

If you suspect you have any prostate condition, we recommend seeking medical advice. Somerset Urological Associates can provide you with the care and expertise to diagnose and treat your prostate problems.

Prostate Doctors and Treatment

To schedule an appointment for New Jersey prostate treatment or prostate cancer screening, call 908-927-0300. Somerset Urological Associates is located at 72 West End Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876. Services in New Brunswick and Middlesex.

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