Bladder Problems – Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS)
What are LUTS?
The Lower Urinary Tract includes the bladder, urethra and the prostate (in men), this allows for storage and emptying of urine. LUTS is more commonly applied to men (however does also affect women). LUTS are generally grouped into voiding symptoms or storage symptoms. LUTS can occur during bladder filling (storage), emptying (voiding), post urination or a combination.
LUTS can be a key problem for the ageing male population, LUTS affects approximately 30% of men older than 65 years. However, it can also occur in young men.
What are the symptoms of LUTS?
|· Hesitancy- a longer wait than usual for the stream of urine to begin
||· Urgency- feeling an urgent need to urinate
|· Weak/poor stream
||· Frequency- a short time between needing to urinate
|· Straining to urinate
||· Nocturia- excessive passage of urine at night
|· Dribbling after urination has finished
||· Urge incontinence- a sudden urge to urinate followed by an uncontrolled loss of urine
|· A stop/start stream
What causes LUTS?
LUTS could be associated with:
- Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE)
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Prostate Cancer/ Bladder Cancer
- Inflammation/ infection of the prostate gland (prostatitis)
- Abnormal function of the: prostate, urethra, bladder or sphincters
- Bladder Stones
- Neurological Diseases. E.g. Parkinson’s disease, stroke
What treatments are available?
Here at Highgate Private Hospital, we have London’s leading Consultant Urologists who will assess your individual symptoms and concerns and undertake any diagnostic tests needed to get to the bottom of what is causing the issue. An individual treatment plan will be tailored and agreed with you.
Bladder Problems – Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) Consultants