Treatments for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Enlarged Prostate

Treatment options for enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), may include the following:

  • Medical treatment
    • Watchful waiting
    • Medications (e.g., alpha blockers)
    • Prostatic stents

  • Minimally invasive treatments
    • Laser (e.g., non-contact, contact, interstitial types)
    • Microwave (e.g., TUMT)
    • Other thermotherapies (e.g., Prostiva RF therapy [previously known as TUNA])
    • UroLift System

  • Surgical treatments
    • Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
    • Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP)
    • Prostatectomy
    • Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP)
    • Transurethral ultrasound-guided laser incision of the prostate (TULIP)

  • Alternative treatments
    • Nutrition
    • Supplements
    • Herbal remedies
    • Hydrotherapy

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 10 Jun 1998

Last Modified: 23 Oct 2014