(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) By the age of 60, at least half of all men will experience an enlargement of their prostate, by the age of 80, it's 90 percent.
Where in the past that might have involved a painful surgery, now there is a treatment that doesn't even involve an overnight stay in the hospital.
Ron Chase decided it was time to see a doctor the 67-year-old was experiencing a problem many men over 50 face, he had an enlarged prostate gland.
"Every hour or so get up out of bed, go to the bathroom and then trying to go and end up back in bed trying to go back to sleep," Chase said.
Chase said his enlarged prostate was affecting his quality of life, both day and night, which experts say often happens to men with this problem.
"Clearly when you're looking around, where's the nearest bathroom, how many times you get up at night, you're not sleeping well," Dr. Mike Kozminski said. "There can also be some problems with some performance issues with your partner."
In the past, if prescription drugs didn't work, surgery was the only real alternative for relief. Men with enlarged prostates would have to go under the knife, but in the last couple years, a newer, minimally invasive technique became available.
"It's just a matter of placing a couple of clips on both sides of the prostate and it kind of springs the prostate open and keeps it in an open position. It's a fairly simple procedure, takes less than an hour, your total time," Kozminski said. "The patient is able to go home the same day with little sedation."
Count Ron Chase as a satisfied patient. "Oh, there's a world of difference from where I was and what I'm doing now. I'd say I'm back to normal like you were when you were a teenager," Chase said.
There is a short online questionnaire available to see if you might be a good candidate for the procedure. It asks questions such as frequency of urinating, urgency, waking up at night to go to the bathroom and other symptoms.
You can find the questionnaire at urolift.com.
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