Breaking Down Prostate Artery Embolization: A Minimally Invasive Treatment for BPH

May 22, 2023
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Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is a revolutionary and minimally invasive treatment option for an enlarged prostate (Also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)). Read more about this groundbreaking procedure in our latest blog.

Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is a revolutionary and minimally invasive treatment option for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a common condition in older men where the prostate gland becomes enlarged, causing difficulty in urination. Traditionally, treatment options for BPH included medication, surgery, or transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). However, these treatments can come with risks and complications, such as sexual dysfunction, bleeding, and incontinence.

PAE offers a less invasive alternative to treat BPH. During the procedure, a small catheter is inserted through the groin and guided to the prostate artery. Tiny particles are then injected into the artery, blocking blood flow to the prostate and causing it to shrink. The procedure typically takes around 1-2 hours and is performed under local anesthesia. Most patients are able to go home the same day.

One of the key benefits of PAE is that it can provide relief from BPH symptoms without the potential risks and complications associated with traditional treatments. Studies have shown that PAE can improve urinary symptoms, quality of life, and sexual function in men with BPH. Additionally, PAE has a low risk of complications. 

In conclusion, PAE is a groundbreaking minimally invasive and effective treatment option for BPH that offers many benefits over traditional treatments. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of BPH, consider discussing PAE with a one of our board certified providers to see if this treatment is a suitable option for you. Call us today at (212) 991-9991 to schedule your first appointment!