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Treatment / Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)

Prostate Artery Embolization

Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive treatment for patients with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate gland.

About half of men aged 51-60 and up to 90% of men over the age of 80 will develop an enlarged prostate.

Am I a Candidate for PAE?

When you come to be treated for BPH, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history and perform diagnostic testing, which may include an MRI or ultrasound of the prostate. A short test to evaluate your urine flow rate may also be ordered. Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for PAE, the next step would be treatment. Candidates for PAE are men who suffer from one or more of the following:

  • Sudden urge to urinate
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Weakened urine streams
  • Feeling like the bladder is not completely empty after urinating
  • When severe, complete obstruction

What to Expect from the Procedure

During the procedure a small incision is made in the groin and a catheter is inserted. Using image guidance, your interventional radiologist will direct the catheter to the blood vessels on either side of the enlarged prostate gland. Microscopic beads are then used to block blood flow to specific areas of the prostate, shrinking the gland.

Recovery

Prostate artery embolization is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Afterwards you will rest in a recovery area for a while before you are sent home. Most patients go home the same day.

Most men recover from PAE with no complications, and are able to go back to their daily activities within a few days. You will follow up with your doctor after the procedure to monitor the healing process, and they will usually schedule an ultrasound or MRI for a few months later.

Outcomes of PAE

This procedure has been shown to greatly reduce symptoms of BPH. Some of the early results have >90% of patients seeing extreme improvement.

Whether or not you are a candidate for PAE will depend on your diagnosis and consultation with your interventional radiologist. But if you suffer from BPH and are looking for treatment that can offer a safe, quick solution, prostate artery embolization may be the answer for you. Call IVC today at 503-612-0498 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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