ABOUT YOUR PROSTATE

prostate anatomyRoughly 50% of the people on Earth have prostates, but many of them don’t know what they are or what they do. If that’s you, don’t feel bad! You’ve got lots of company. (After all, the prostate is not the most interesting part of the male anatomy, right?)

But the prostate does serve an important function, and we think by the time you finish this article, you’ll find it pretty interesting, too.

Let’s get after it.

WHAT IS THE PROSTATE?

The prostate is part of the male reproductive system, which includes the penis, prostate, and testicles. The prostate is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It’s a squishy gland about the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra (the tube that empties urine from your bladder).

The prostate has a number of functions, but its primary job is to produce part of the fluid in semen. That fluid mixes with fluid and sperm from other glands as the semen enters your urethra during ejaculation. It is also responsible for the forceful muscle action that propels the ejaculate out of your body.

PRETTY INTERESTING? (We knew you’d think so!)

But here’s the thing. Like any other part of the body, things can go wrong with the prostate. And when they do, it’s important to get accurate information and not to jump to conclusions.

IT'S NOT ALWAYS CANCER

Many men automatically think cancer when they have prostate or urinary symptoms. But cancer is only one possible diagnosis.

One of the most common is benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. As a man grows older, the prostate can increase in size. Because the urethra runs through the middle of the prostate, this growth can cause the urethra to narrow on both sides, which can decrease urine flow. BPH can often be treated with medication or a simple office procedure.

There can be other reasons for urinary symptoms as well. Below are the most common prostate conditions Dr. Bevan-Thomas specializes in. Click through to learn more about a specific condition and available treatments.

EXPERT SUPPORT

Whatever your diagnosis, Dr. Bevan-Thomas believes the saying “knowledge is power” is especially important in healthcare. He knows that many men are scared and confused and have a lot of questions. His approach to care is to break information down into simple terms so patients and families can understand diagnoses and treatment options.

If you’re having urinary symptoms, don’t wait to get checked. If it is cancer, the earlier it’s caught, the better your prognosis will be. Today, most men with cancer will survive it, if it’s caught early enough.

If you’re having symptoms or an elevated PSA, make an appointment with Dr. Bevan-Thomas today.




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Meet Dr. Richard Bevan-Thomas


Dr. Bevan-Thomas specializes in minimally invasive procedures, laparoscopic and robotic surgery utilizing the daVinci surgical system. He is one of only a few surgeons that can take care of any size prostate for BPH and utilize Urolift and REZUM for smaller prostates as an office procedure. Additional, using the laser TURP for mid to moderate size prostates and Robotic partial/simple prostatectomy for larger prostates.

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