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World-Renowned Urologist, J. Francois Eid, M.D., Expands Practice with Increased Treatment of Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)
Date:11/21/2008

Alpha blockers, which include Flomax, Cardura, Hytrin and Uroxatral are the most common way to treat BPH. They work by relaxing the prostate gland's smooth muscle cells so that the urinary obstruction is reduced. The disadvantages of oral treatments are that medications may become ineffective over time and may have bothersome side effects. Also, the need to take pills is cumbersome for some men.

Minimally invasive, non-surgical treatments for BPH include thermotherapy, or transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT). This office treatment, which is a breakthrough in the treatment of BPH, uses heat to reduce excess tissue pressing on the urethra from the enlarged prostate. No anesthesia is needed and thermotherapy is performed in less than an hour. Over 70% of men experience rapid relief of symptoms and are relieved of the burden of taking medication.

If a patient's BPH symptoms are severe and first line treatments have failed, Dr. Eid will recommend laser therapy. GreenLight laser treatment for BPH is becoming increasingly common and is preferred over a surgical procedure called a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) because of the reduced blood loss, avoidance of a catheter and quicker discharge and recovery time. Dr. Eid is an exceptionally qualified urological surgeon for this procedure and is widely recognized for advancing his field. Only on very rare occasions will Dr. Eid suggest a prostatectomy (complete removal of the prostate gland) or a transurethral resection of the prostate.

First and foremost, Dr. Eid wants men to understand that BPH is eminently treatable and is associated with and can
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