Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Offers One-Stop Technology for Men Dealing with Urinary Issues

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It’s one of the most common health issues for men as they grow older. “As gentlemen age, the testosterone that’s in their bodies fuels the growth of their prostates. It happens at different rates in different people, but it happens,” explains John B. Klein, M.D., of Potomac Urology.

Even though it may not be commonly discussed, every day Dr. Klein sees patients suffering from an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Symptoms include frequent urination, difficulty starting and stopping urination, inability to completely empty the bladder and frequent trips to the bathroom.

“Urinary symptoms do not necessarily indicate prostate cancer. However, you can have prostate cancer and benign enlargement of the prostate, so it’s important to evaluate both concurrently,” explains Dr. Klein.

Once the prostate screening comes back negative, there are a number of options to treat an enlarged prostate, everything from daily medications and in-office procedures to outpatient surgeries.

Rezum® is one of the minimally invasive procedures offered in-office and takes just minutes to perform using steam to decrease the size of the prostate. Laser enucleation is another option and is ideal for patients with moderate and larger prostates. The newest option Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center offers is Aquablation, a surgery using water to resect the prostate.

The developments are exciting for Dr. Klein, who looks forward to sharing the news with the community. “This is one of the only centers in Northern Virginia that performs all three of these treatment options,” he says. “It basically gives people a one-stop shop for their treatment, no matter the size and shape
of their prostate.”

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