What is balloon dilation of the prostate?

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In the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate, balloon dilation, also called balloon urethroplasty, is used to open up the urethra, the same way that a balloon angioplasty is used to open up the arteries in the heart. A thin tube containing a balloon is inserted into the opening of the penis and guided up the urethra to the point at which the urethra is narrowed. The balloon is then inflated, which widens the urethra and improves the flow of urine.

Balloon dilation is used only as a temporary procedure for men with multiple medical contraindications that put them at high surgical or anesthesia risk.

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