Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE)
In the past, men experiencing symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) would have few options if lifestyle changes and medication were not effective. Surgery to remove a portion of the prostate was and is an option, but comes with risks, side effects and long recovery times.
In many BPH cases, a minimally-invasive prostatic artery embolization can be performed. In this procedure, a catheter is inserted through a very small pinhole-size cut in the skin and guided through the arterial system to the blood vessels that supply blood to the prostate. Then, by introducing tiny granules to the prostatic artery, the blood flow to the prostate is reduced, and the prostate gland shrinks, which relieves the associated symptoms.
Prostatic Artery Embolization is an outpatient procedure, so patients will usually return home the same day, often with just a band-aid. Patients are generally able to begin resuming normal activity in a day or two.
To learn more and see if you may be a candidate for a prostatic artery embolization, please contact us to make an appointment.