Adult and Pediatric Urology -  - Urologist

Alfred Shtainer, MD, FACS

Urologist located in Murray Hill, New York, NY & Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY

Enlarged Prostate Specialist

Dr. Alfred Shtainer is board-certified in the field of urology and specializes in treating several conditions including BPH, enlarged prostates, and erectile dysfunction. Dr. Shtainer serves the residents of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the greater New York City area.

Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Q & A

What Is BPH?

BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is also referred to as an enlarged prostate. The prostate gland is located in the lower portion of a man's abdomen and is positioned around the urethra. Most men will encounter BPH as they grow older, some with more severe side effects than others. As the prostate continues to become more enlarged, pressure is placed on the urethra. As the pressure increases, it can become more difficult for the man to urinate. The flow may decrease, or it may stop and start intermittently depending on the severity of the condition. If you are prostate issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Alfred Shtainer to discover your treatment options.

Who is at greatest risk for developing BPH?

The majority of men continue to experience prostate growth throughout life, however, certain factors may affect the age at which symptoms occur and their severity. These include:

  • Age. The likelihood of symptoms increases with age. While one-third of men over age 60% suffer moderate to severe prostate issues, that  percentage jumps to half of all men over age 80.
  • Family history. Men with a close blood relative who’s had or hs  prostate problems are more likely to suffer symptoms themselves.
  • Ethnicity. Prostate enlargement occurs less frequently in Asian men, versus men who are white and black.
  • Diabetes and heart disease. Research suggests that men with diabetes, or heart disease, along with those, who use of beta blockers may be at a greater risk for developing BPH.
  • Lifestyle. Being obese increases a man’s risk of developing BPH, while exercise may decrease the risk.

What is TUNA/ Prostiva or Transurethral Needle Ablation?

There are several options to treat the symptoms of BPH. Behavioral modifications like water and coffee consumption should be examined. Herbal supplements may be very effective for mild symptoms. Several medications are also available which can decrease prostate size.

Minimally invasive procedures like thermotherapy, laser and RF therapies (such as Prostiva® RF Therapy) are also available in our practice. Also known as radiofrequency ablation, transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) is used to help control the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. The procedure is painless and  performed in-office. It may take as little as 15 minutes and no cutting is involved.  

Insurances Accepted

Adult and Pediatric Urology accepts most insurance plans. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please call our office for more information.

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Testimonials

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  • Healthgrades

    "I brought my son to see Dr. Shtainer who was able to review his medical history . It was nice to have finally have such an attentive doctor."

    Elizabeth
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Shtainer saw [my father] the same day, admitted him to the hospital and supervised his care personally throughout. [...] We highly recommend him."

    Robert T.
  • Vitals

    "Happy patient. I came for a second opinion about a serious problem that I have. He scheduled additional exams and now the picture is much more clear."

    Robert M.
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