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Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Treatments

More than 70% of men in their 60s have an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is not related to prostate cancer, but may require treatment. At Ochsner Health, we provide alternative treatments tailored to address BPH.

The prostate is the male reproductive gland that produces fluid for semen. About the size of a walnut, it surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder. When the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks this tube. This can cause:

  • Frequent urination – day and night
  • An urgent feeling or need to urinate
  • A weak or slow urinary stream or a stream that stops and starts
  • Difficulty or a delay in starting urination
  • A feeling that you can’t completely empty your bladder

If you have benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms, schedule an appointment with an Ochsner urologist. Call 504-894-2887 or schedule your appointment online at

Medical Therapy

  • A range of services provided to patients to optimize therapeutic outcomes

The Rezūm System

  • Rezūm uses steam to treat the extra prostate tissue that is causing symptoms such as frequency, urgency, irregular flow, weak stream, straining and getting up at night to urinate. This treatment does not impact sexual function. It can be performed in a clinic or out-patient setting.

The UroLift® System

  • UroLift® System is a minimally invasive procedure that "lifts" prostate tissue and does not negatively impact sexual function. Typically, patients return home the same day without a catheter.

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)

  • TURP, the most common surgery to treat BPH, removes prostate tissue. It requires general anesthesia and a longer recovery time.
  • Short-term problems can include bleeding, infection, erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence. Patients need a catheter for several days after the procedure. There can be long-term side effects after TURP such as dry orgasm, erectile dysfunction or incontinence.

Laser Resection of the Prostate

  • Laser procedures to remove prostate tissue include photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) and holmium laser enucleation (HOLEP). A laser procedure lessens the bleeding risks compared to TURP, but since prostate tissue is still removed, there can be tissue swelling and some discomfort during healing. A catheter is required after the procedure.

To refer patients for clinic appointments, get fast and easy access by calling our clinic concierge at 855-312-4190.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Treatments

Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Treatments Locations

Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Metairie
2005 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70002
  • Mon: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tues–Fri: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sat: 8 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7