PROSTATE ARTERY EMBOLIZATION
Minimally invasive therapy for BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
WHAT IS PROSTATE ARTERY EMBOLIZATION?
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive therapy that helps improve lower urinary tract symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is an enlargement of the prostate gland and is the most common benign tumor found in men. BPH is present in about one in four men by age 55 and in half of 75-year-old men.
WHY TREAT BPH?
As the prostate increases in size, it can constrict the urethra and cause lower urinary tract symptoms such as dribbling, incontinence, frequency, urgency, and pain. In some men, these symptoms significantly interfere with their quality of life.
IS THIS THE RIGHT PROCEDURE FOR ME?
PAE is for patients who are either ineligible or not interested in traditional surgery. An appointment with an interventional radiologist can determine if you are a candidate for PAE.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE?
PAE is performed on an outpatient basis using conscious sedation. The procedure is performed through a nick in the skin while a small catheter inserted into the artery in your wrist or groin. The interventional radiologist will then guide the catheter into the vessels that supply blood to your prostate. Small particles are injected into the artery to decrease the blood supply. By decreasing the blood supply the prostate shrinks and relieves the symptoms of BPH.