Everything You Need to Know About Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)

Older man meeting with urologist to discuss PAE Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive surgery. It can help with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a disorder characterized by an enlarged prostate gland. 

BPH is common in older men and can lead to uncomfortable urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, urgency, weak urine flow, and incomplete bladder emptying. PAE offers a non-surgical alternative to traditional treatments. It can provide relief from these symptoms with fewer risks and a shorter recovery time.

What Causes Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)?

Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) can address the symptoms caused by BPH. The exact cause of BPH is not entirely understood, but some experts believe that it’s related to hormonal changes as men age. 

As the prostate gland enlarges, it can compress the urethra, leading to urinary difficulties. PAE targets the blood vessels supplying the prostate and reduces blood flow to the gland. 

Treatments for Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)

PAE is an outpatient procedure typically performed by an interventional radiologist. The treatment involves several steps:

Before the procedure, patients undergo a thorough evaluation, including medical history, physical examination, and imaging studies such as a pelvic MRI or CT scan. This helps to map the blood vessels supplying the prostate.

The patient is given local anesthesia to numb the groin area, where the surgeons make a small incision. They will insert a catheter through the femoral artery.

Then they inject tiny particles (usually made of polyvinyl alcohol) through the catheter into the prostate arteries. These particles block the blood flow to the prostate, causing it to shrink over time. The procedure is monitored using real-time imaging to ensure accuracy and effectiveness.

Book Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) Treatment in Bowie, MD 

Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) offers a promising solution for men suffering from the symptoms of BPH. This procedure provides significant relief with fewer risks and a quicker recovery time compared to traditional surgical methods. 

If you are experiencing urinary symptoms related to BPH, call us at 301-622-5360 and schedule an appointment with Midatlantic Vascular & Interventional. Our experienced team will provide a comprehensive evaluation and discuss the best treatment options for your needs. 

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