The prostate is a gland that resides below your bladder. It surrounds the urethra. The main job of the prostate is to produce fluid for semen. It begins to grow during adolescence and will continue to grow as a man ages.
An enlarged prostate can cause several lower urinary tract symptoms. These include urinary hesitancy, incomplete bladder emptying, weak urine flow, trouble starting a stream and the need to strain to void.
Your evaluation during the clinic visit will be thorough and may include questionnaires, and ultrasound of your bladder, and urine tests.
Treatment will be based on your symptoms, the severity of the symptoms and personal preferences. There are both medical and surgical interventions available.