What are Conditions Related to the Prostate?
The prostate is a gland that is a part of the male reproductive system. It is a small walnut shaped gland that wraps around the male urethra near the bladder. Medical conditions specific to the prostate include:
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a nonmalignant enlargement of the prostate gland, a common occurence in older men.
Acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland due to an infection. Research demonstrates 10-12% of all men experience prostatitis symptoms.
Chronic prostatitis (non-bacterial) is also termed chronic pelvic pain syndrome. It can be described as inflammatory or non-inflammatory and often no specific causes can be identified.
Prostectomy refers to the surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland. The operation is done for benign causes that cause urinary retention, as well as for prostate cancer and for other cancers of the pelvis.
Problems involving the prostate gland may cause compression of the urethra which can affect urine from coming out the penis. This often leads to overflow dribbling, and difficulty with voiding fully, and therefore an increase in toileting frequency. This may also lead to other issues such as pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, and erectile dysfunction. Surgical intervention for prostate or pelvic issues may result in scar tissue, adhesions, and potentially pain.