Enlarged Prostate/ Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

A Non-Surgical Option for Effectively Treating An Enlarged Prostate

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland and is the most common benign tumor found in men. In fact, BPH symptoms are present in approximately 25% of men by age 55, and in 50% of men 75 years and older.

The exact cause of BPH is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to changes in hormone levels, which would increase levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone derived from testosterone.

In BPH, the prostate gland grows in size, which can cause it to press against the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body) and interfere with the normal flow of urine.

BPH can significantly impact a man’s quality of life, and treatment may be necessary to relieve symptoms.

Treatment options for BPH include medication, Prostate Artery Embolization, and surgical options such as Transurethral Resection of the prostate or Open Prostatectomy.


Treatment: Prostate Artery Embolization

Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is a non-surgical alternative used to treat an enlarged prostate gland. PAE has been shown to be effective in reducing the size of the prostate gland, relieving urinary symptoms, and improving quality of life in men with enlarged prostate glands.

The Procedure

While sedated, a catheter is inserted into the femoral or radial artery guided by fluoroscopy. Tiny particles are injected through the catheter to block the blood flow to the prostate gland, causing it to shrink in size over the next XXX weeks/months.

Prostate Artery Embolization is a minimally invasive therapy that does not require surgery, offered as a hospital-based outpatient procedure, decreasing recovery time. It is considered a safe procedure with low risks of complications such as bleeding or infections.

The Recovery

Following PAE, most patients are

Pre- and Post-Procedure Follow Up

Something about being seen for pre- and post-procedure care at TRA Endovascular while the procedure itself will be done a hospital.

The Best Candidates for PAE Are Men Who:

  • Have urinary incontinence, which can range from some leaking to complete loss of bladder control
  • Have to urinate frequently, with urgency, and have pain while urinating
  • Are unable to completely empty the bladder

Insurance Coverage

Nearly all insurance companies, including Medicaid and Medicare, will cover Prostate Artery Embolization.

Our team will work with insurance companies to verify coverage for your consultation as well as any procedures you may require.

The Next Step

Patients who are interested in Prostate Artery Embolization should contact their healthcare provider who will work with our TRA Endovascular team on a plan to evaluate and treat your condition.

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Additional Resources: Radiologyinfo.org

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