Treating enlargement of the prostate while maintaining its function with PAE.
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a nonsurgical, leading-edge treatment for enlarged prostate that preserves much of the prostate, and has a quick recovery period. Greater than 90% of patients see significant improvement in the symptoms of enlarged prostate such as incontinence and the frequent urge to urinate.
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Enlarged prostate, also called benign hypertrophy or BPH, causes bothersome urinary symptoms due to the overgrowth of the prostate gland. As men age, the prostate gland continues to grow, sometimes to the extent that it squeezes the ureter, making urination difficult. During PAE, microspheres are released from a catheter inserted into the prostate artery. This cuts off the blood supply to some of the prostate gland and causes it to shrink. By undergoing this nonsurgical PAE procedure, men can be relieved of BPH symptoms.
In PAE, the interventional radiologist uses arteriogram and fluoroscopic techniques to visualize blood vessels. The images can be viewed in real time making the procedure fast and effective.
PAE is recommended for men with symptomatic enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). Symptoms of BPH can include:
When you visit the ARA interventional clinic, you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire about your symptoms, give a health history, and get a physical examination.
You can make steps toward treatment right now by getting in touch with our interventional coordinators at the contacts below. They will discuss candidacy for prostate artery embolization (PAE) with you. After this, you will meet with the interventional radiologist who will discuss your treatment options and pre-procedure tests. Patients will also need a referral to a urologist if they do not currently have one.
Prior to having prostate artery embolization, you may have some pre- and post-procedure evaluation tests, such as:
Each plan is different, so check with your provider. Generally, insurance will pay for PAE if it covers prostate surgery, but this is not always the case. After your consultation, if you require precertification from your insurance provider, ARA can assist you.
To schedule an evaluation for prostate artery embolization, please call our interventional team at (512) 467-9729 or request a consultation online.
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