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It’s a common problem. The prostate keeps growing, causing a weak stream, frequency and urgency, and many nighttime trips to the bathroom.
Don’t lose sleep over your enlarged prostate. PROSTATE ARTERY EMBOLIZATION (PAE) is a nonsurgical, leading-edge, effective treatment for enlarged prostate that preserves much of the prostate and has a quick recovery period. It has a low risk of urinary incontinence and sexual side effects and greater than 90% of patients see significant improvement in symptoms.
The cells in your prostate continue to grow throughout your life, increasing its size. As you age, it may grow large enough to press on the urethra, making it difficult to pass urine from the bladder. While benign (noncancerous), these symptoms can make life uncomfortable. You may experience the need to urinate frequently and urgently, constantly scouting out bathroom locations, getting up many times in the night, and having pain and bleeding with urination.
More details on prostate artery embolization.
Dr. Bouchareb is a member of the ARA interventional radiology team and an expert in the PAE procedure. Here, he discusses the procedure in detail.
The effects of an enlarged prostate are benign, meaning not harmful or connected to the development of cancer. Those at risk include:
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally-invasive, leading-edge treatment for an enlarged prostate performed with local anesthesia at our outpatient imaging center. An interventional radiologist inserts a catheter into the groin through a tiny nick in the skin and guides the catheter through the vascular system using moving X-ray as guidance to reach the prostate. Once positioned, tiny beads are deposited into the vessels supplying blood to the prostate, blocking them. With the blood supply blocked, the prostate shrinks, decreasing the pressure on the urethra and relieving symptoms.
Generally, insurance companies will pay for prostate artery embolization if they cover prostate surgery. Our interventional case coordinators will help you navigate the insurance process.
You can make steps toward treatment right now by getting in touch with our interventional coordinators at the contacts below. They will discuss prostate artery embolization (PAE) with you and see if it might be the right procedure to relieve your symptoms.
If so, we will help you make an appointment with an ARA interventional radiologist who will discuss your treatment options. It is also recommended that you maintain visits with your urologist before and after your procedure.
Prior to the procedure, you will get a CT of the pelvis and possibly other imaging as required.
For more information, please contact interventional case coordinators at (512) 467-9729. Patient and physicians can fax materials to (512) 343-9099.
The UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care has produced an explanatory video about prostate artery embolization.
ARA continues to follow CDC guidelines in requiring employees and patients to wear masks at our imaging centers for the safety of all.