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Academic and clinical excellence in a private practice setting

Jerry G. Blaivas, MD, FACS

Dr. Blaivas is a world-renowned urological expert, surgeon, distinguished author, educator, and medical pioneer. He was one of the founders of urodynamics and established many of the current surgical procedures used to correct stress incontinence, urinary fistulas, urethral diverticulum, overactive bladder and neurogenic bladder.

He is also one of the few surgeons who routinely performs reconstructive surgery for prolapse and incontinence without the use of mesh. His success in this area has led him to publishing one of the largest series in the world on treatment of mesh complications.

Dr. Blaivas possesses decades of experience providing urology care to some of the most complex cases ever encountered, bringing academic and research-based modernization to the clinical forefront. His research in developing new medical techniques has become the standard in patient care, including breakthrough treatments and research in:

  • Mesh complications
  • Radiation complications
  • Autologous Slings
  • Natural Tissue Repairs

Schedule an appointment online or call Dr. Blaivas today at (646) 205-3039 to schedule a confidential consultation.

Insurance information

Dr. Blaivas does not participate with private insurance plans. He is considered an “Out of Network” physician, which means that payment in full is expected at the time of the visit and you will be reimbursed directly according to your insurance plan. As a courtesy, we offer to complete and mail claims on your behalf and assist you in obtaining timely reimbursement.

About the Uro Center of New York

At the Uro Center of New York, we combine clinical and academic excellence in a private practice setting. For over twenty years, our staff has been committed to diagnosing and treating people with bladder and prostate conditions. Our services include the use of state-of-the-art video urodynamic equipment and a custom-designed computer system that assists our physicians in ensuring an accurate and prompt diagnosis.

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What you need to know about an enlarged prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?

bph-enlarged-prostate-info-urologists-specialists-nyc-01Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is when a prostate gland is enlarged. It is common in men, especially as they age.

The prostate gland is found only in men and is located underneath the bladder. Urine is transported from the bladder out of the penis through the urethra, which is a tube that goes through the center of the prostate. When the prostate enlarges, it can start to block the flow of urine through the urethra.

The prostate undergoes two main periods of growth in a man’s life. The first period of growth is early in puberty, and the second period starts at about 25 years old, the prostate continues to grow throughout most of the man’s life. Continued prostate growth is normal as you age, but in some men, this continued growth can lead to urinary symptoms or can significantly block the flow of urine especially during this second period of prostate growth.

It is important to note that the size of the prostate doesn’t necessarily determine the severity of a man’s symptoms of BPH. For example, someone with a very enlarged prostate may experience minor symptoms, whereas someone with a slightly enlarged prostate may have substantial urinary symptoms. It is also important to note that BPH—or an enlarged prostate— is not cancerous: it is benign and does not cause or lead to cancer.

BPH is very common in aging men. You are more likely to have BPH if you are a man that:

  • Is over 40 years old (risk increases with age)
  • Has a family history of BPH,
  • Has diabetes,
  • Has heart disease,
  • Is obese or does not exercise regularly,
  • Is Black or White, or
  • Has erectile dysfunction.

Symptoms of BPH

symptoms-of-bph-enlarged-prostate-nc-urologist-02BPH, or an enlarged prostate, can cause several urinary problems.

Most commonly, men with BPH have to urinate frequently, often 8 or more times a day) and often experience an urgent need to urinate. Men with BPH also commonly wake up several times a night to pee. Difficulty starting to urinate, a weak urine stream, a urine stream that stops and starts, dribbling when you finish peeing, and an inability to completely empty the bladder are also common symptoms of BPH.

Although less common, urinary tract infections (UTIs), an inability to urinate, or blood in the urine can also be signs of BPH.

An enlarged prostate can result in complications

bph-expert-information-best-urologists-nyc-03Although they are rare, complications can arise from an enlarged prostate. Complications can include urinary retention (a sudden inability to urinate), UTIs, bladder stones, bladder damage, and kidney damage. Most men will not experience these complications, but men with BPH should be aware that urinary retention and kidney damage can be serious health threats that may require medical care. 

What should you do if you suspect you have an enlarged prostate?

Prostate growth is normal, but urinary problems are not normal. Enlarged prostates are diagnosed by seeing a urologist. A urologist can help determine which treatments, if any, may be necessary for you. If you have any of the urinary symptoms discussed here or suspect that you may have an enlarged prostate, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best urologist doctor in NYC.

What Should You Do if You Suspect You Have an Enlarged Prostate?

enlarged prostateThe prostate gland is a gland that exists only in men and is one that can cause problems, especially as men get older. An enlarged prostate is a very common condition in men over the age of 40 but is especially problematic in men over 60. In some cases, however, an enlarged prostate can be something that affects younger men too.

 

Here we look at what the symptoms of an enlarged prostate are and what you might need to do if you think you are experiencing these problems.

What Are the Symptoms of an Enlarged Prostate?

enlarged prostateWhen the prostate gland becomes enlarged, the first problem that men normally notice is issues with urination. It may become difficult to urinate, or you may find that it takes longer to urinate than usual. You may also find that you feel the need to urinate more often than you actually are able to. Men who have enlarged prostate glands tend to wake up many times in the night needing to urinate but are not necessarily able to do so normally. You may also have some other symptoms, such as lower back pain or erectile dysfunction.

How is an Enlarged Prostate Diagnosed?

An enlarged prostate or other problems with the prostate gland, including prostate cancer, are diagnosed by a trip to see a urologist. This is someone who is specialized in the area of urology, that is the urinary tract, the bladder, and the prostate, as well as things like the kidneys and penis. Different tests are done to diagnose an enlarged prostate, but this will include a prostate exam. This will involve the doctor examining the prostate to see if it is larger than it should be. You may also have to provide a urine sample so that things like urinary tract infections can be ruled out as a cause of your symptoms.

How is an Enlarged Prostate Treated?

enlarged prostateBecause there are so many different causes for an enlarged prostate, the treatment can vary significantly. If you are diagnosed with an enlarged prostate, then there could be various treatments ranging from medical to surgical interventions involved in treating you. For this reason, it is very important that you seek medical advice from a proper urologist as soon as you notice any symptoms that could be indicative of an enlarged prostate gland.

If you have concerns about your prostate, now is a great time to contact the best urologist in NYC, so give us a call today.

Call us today at 646.205.3039 to schedule an appointment to meet with the best NYC urologist.