Leonard W. Liang, MD -  - Urologist

Leonard W. Liang, MD

Urologist located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Enlarged Prostate Specialist

Prostate enlargement is not uncommon among men as they age. Dr. Liang helps men in the Greater Los Angeles area understand the causes of enlarged prostate and provides effective treatment to eliminate symptoms so Details Title File Edit Insert View Format patients can enjoy optimal health.

Enlarged prostate Q & A

by Leonard W. Liang, MD

What causes the prostate to become enlarged?

The most common cause of prostate enlargement is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition that commonly occurs as men age. Other causes of prostate enlargement are prostate cancer and prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate gland that may or may not be caused by an infection. Having an exam is the best way to understand what might be causing your prostate to be enlarged.

Does an enlarged prostate cause symptoms?

An enlarged prostate can cause different symptoms, depending on the cause. Common symptoms of enlarged prostate include:

  • increased need to urinate, though only small amounts of urine may pass

  • difficulty starting urination

  • being unable to empty the bladder completely

  • weak or interrupted urine stream

  • increased need to urinate at night

  • straining while urinating

When an enlarged prostate is caused by an infection, it can also cause pain during urination and pain or aching in the lower back.

What risks are associated with an enlarged prostate?

In men with BPH, one of the primary risks is the development of urinary tract infections, including bladder and kidney infections, as the prostate begins to block more and more of the flow of urine. Urinary stones are also more common in men with enlarged prostates. When an enlarged prostate is caused by infection, the infection can eventually spread to other organs if not treated.

How is an enlarged prostate treated?

Treatment of BPH depends on the size of your prostate, your age and overall health, and the severity of your symptoms. Options include medications to shrink the prostate and relax the bladder muscles, minimally invasive procedures to remove or reduce the size of the prostate, laser therapy and surgical removal of the prostate. Prostatitis is treated with antibiotics, and sometimes surgery to repair damage from advanced prostatitis.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Leonard W. Liang, M.D., is a provider for Medicare and most major insurance plans, and provides insurance billing. You are responsible for co-payments or charges that are not covered by your insurance. If you have questions regarding billing or which insurance plans we accept, please contact us. Questions regarding insurance coverage and benefits should be directed to your employer or insurance company.

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Testimonials

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  • Yelp

    "Dr. Liang is extremely personable. He is always a great listener and offered many options for my problem starting with least invasive."

    Roy S.
  • RateMDs

    "Dr. Liang spent a lot of time with me. He patiently answered all my questions and carefully examined me and explained his plan for me."

    Verified Patient
  • RateMDs

    "My husband got a vasectomy by Dr. Liang. He did well and recovered without any problems. Dr. Liang has excellent bedside manner."

    Verified Patient
  • RateMDs

    "I was really sick at Good Samaritan Hospital with a kidney stone. Dr. Liang came in the middle of the night and relieved the blockage. "

    Verified Patient
  • Yelp

    "I feel very comfortable every visit. He is always a great listener and offered many options for my problem starting with least invasive. "

    Roy S.
  • Yelp

    "I would highly recommend Dr. Liang as well, because I work in the medical field and I've seen some terrible doctors, but Dr. Liang is the exception."

    Nicole M.
  • Yelp

    "He understands my issues and has done everything he can to help thus far; plus, he's quite friendly and knows what he's doing."

    Danielle R.
Location
Leonard Liang, MD
1513 S Grand Ave, Suite 300
Downtown

Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213-335-6761
Fax: 213-748-7254
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