Treatment for an enlarged prostate gland will depend on the severity of the symptoms you are experiencing. You mention that you already have urinary symptoms because of this, which is common.
Unfortunately, it is not a condition which can be cured and this is possibly why your consultant has suggested surgery if the condition does not respond to the Tamsulosin enough to give adequate symptom relief.
Removal of the prostate by endoscopic surgery would be curative which many find a suitable option where medication alone hasn’t been enough.
There are other surgical procedures available which reduce the extent of the enlargement such as TransUrethral Microwave Therapy (TUMT) and TransUrethral Needle Ablation (TUNA). You may like to discuss these with your consultant should surgery become necessary in the future.
Getting a second opinion may not be necessary, but if you want to and you are registered with a GP here then that should prove perfectly feasible.
It’s encouraging that the enlargement you have has already begun responding to therapy and in three months’ time you may find that things have settled down enough to prevent surgery becoming necessary so soon.
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