Do The Treatments Work?Monday, April 23, 2012 - 16:24
The treatments for BPH do work. Many men are cured of their symptoms, but some require re-treatment.
- BPH that creates urinary symptoms can be treated by numerous medical procedures and minimally invasive surgical options. Today, open surgery is no longer necessary in most cases. The array of medical and surgical techniques allows better choices that can be tailored to an individual's needs.
- After medical treatment for BPH, the percentage of men requiring re-treatment over a five-year period ranges between 30 and 40 percent.
- The recurrence rate of BPH in patients treated surgically is significantly better, with only two to 10 percent requiring re-treatment.
These findings suggest that surgical treatments can be more effective over the long term than medical treatments. However, surgical treatments usually involve greater risks.