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Are your medications for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) not working? Have you been told surgery is the only other option, but you either can’t or don’t want to have it? Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure that can improve symptoms of enlarged prostate without the risks of traditional surgery.

Prostate Artery Embolization

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. While not dangerous, it can cause symptoms that drastically interfere with day-to-day living. Half of all men over age 60 and about 90% of men in their 70s will exhibit some symptoms of BPH.

Symptoms of BPH

As the prostate enlarges, it puts pressure on the urethra, causing symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Urinary urgency
  • Weak stream
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Erectile dysfunction

Many men don’t find relief with medication alone, however traditional surgery for BPH carries the risk of impotence or incontinence.

Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE), a minimally-invasive solution

PAE is a new, minimally-invasive treatment for BPH that effectively relieves symptoms without surgery. Our endovascular specialists  limit the blood flow to the prostate, causing it to shrink on its own, and they do this through a very small nick in the skin.

What to Expect

Under light sedation, a CiC physician inserts a catheter through a small cut in your skin and guides it using X-ray imaging to the artery feeding the prostate gland. Tiny beads are introduced through the catheter which reducesblood flow to the prostate. The procedure is done right in our office with no need for hospitalization.

Benefits of PAE

PAE has restored quality of life to thousands of men living with BPH. It is a safe, effective way to shrink an enlarged prostate without the risk of long-term complications. Patients prefer PAE to surgery for many reasons:

  • It’s an outpatient procedure done right in our office
  • No risk of impotence or incontinence
  • Resume normal activities in two to three days
  • Pain is easily managed at home with medication
  • Symptoms resolve within two to three weeks after the procedure

Call our office to learn more.