The prostate gland plays a vital role in producing semen, but sometimes it can become inflamed, enlarged, or cancerous. If you have a prostate health problem, visit the experienced team at Pasadena Urological Medical Group in Pasadena, California. They specialize in treating conditions like prostatitis, benign prostate hyperplasia, and prostate cancer. To find out how you can benefit from the team’s expertise in prostate health, call Pasadena Urological Medical Group or book an appointment online today.
The prostate gland’s primary role is making semen — the fluid sperm mixes with as you ejaculate. The gland is below a man’s bladder and in front of the rectum. It goes around the urethra — the tube that carries urine out of your body and transports semen from your penis when you ejaculate.
The prostate gland can often cause problems that affect urinary and sexual function. The Pasadena Urological Medical Group excels at providing comprehensive prostate health services to patients with prostate problems.
Common prostate health conditions include:
Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland. There are four kinds — chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS, which is the most common), chronic (long-term) bacterial prostatitis, acute (sudden) bacterial prostatitis, and asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis.
BPH causes prostate enlargement, which puts pressure on the urethra and bladder.
Cancer forms when cells increase rapidly following a change to their genes. The mutated cells don’t die after the normal cell lifespan but form lumps or tumors that increase the prostate’s size. Symptoms are similar to BPH.
The Pasadena Urological Medical Group team takes a preventive approach to prostatitis treatment, supplementing medical management of the acute condition with dietary and behavioral modifications designed to prevent flare-ups.
Treatment for acute bacterial prostatitis involves a two-week course of antibiotics. Chronic bacterial prostatitis requires a longer course, potentially up to three months. Anti-inflammatory medications can help relieve symptoms if you have CP/CPPS, or you might benefit from alpha-blocker medications to relax the muscles around your prostate.
Alpha-blockers can also treat BPH, or you might benefit from 5-alpha reductase inhibitors to reduce prostate size and increase urine flow.
Prostatic urethral lift is a minimally invasive procedure for BPH that uses tiny implants to lift and compress the prostate. Another common BPH surgery is transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
The Pasadena Urological Medical Group team performs 3D MRI fusion prostate biopsies in the surgery center and treats patients with prostate cancer across all stages of the disease.
Dr. Chandrasoma is the only fellowship-trained robotic surgeon in Pasadena who is providing surgical intervention for prostate cancer. Surgery (radical prostatectomy) involves removing the prostate gland.
To find the right treatment for your prostate health problem, call Pasadena Urological Medical Group or book an appointment online today.