Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)

Approximately half of men age 51 to 60 are affected by Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate. BPH occurs when cells of the prostate gland multiply. The extra cells cause the prostate gland to swell, squeezing the urethra and limiting the flow of urine.

The exact cause of BPH is unknown, although we do know that changes in hormones associated with aging may be a factor.

Symptoms of BPH tend to be mild at first, but if left untreated they can become more serious. Common symptoms include:

  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Incontinence
  • A weak urinary stream
  • A sudden urge to urinate
  • The need to urinate two or more times per night (nocturia)
  • Painful urination
  • Blood in the urine (hematuria)

What is PAE?

Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of BPH. During this procedure, we make a tiny incision in the groin and insert a catheter, or a small tube, to the prostate artery. Small beads, known as microspheres, are released into the artery, temporarily blocking blood flow to the prostate in order for it to shrink. Shrinking the prostate will help to relieve a patient’s urinary symptoms.

PAE can be performed under light anesthesia and has a quicker recovery time than if you were to undergo surgery. This minimally invasive procedure will have you back on your feet in no time, and many patients see their symptoms improve within two weeks.

At PA Vascular Institute, we use the most innovative technology and procedures to get you back to your daily activities. To learn more about Prostate Artery Embolization, contact us today.