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Prostate Artery Embolization, a Breakthrough Procedure for BPH, Now Offered at Tampa General Hospital

Prostate Artery EmbolizationMost men over the age of 50 experience the unpleasant side effects of having an enlarged prostate. Part of the natural aging process, this condition – called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH – is characterized by the inability to urinate normally. Symptoms of this common condition include frequent urination, weak stream, loss of bladder control, and having to get out of bed several times a night to urinate. Though noncancerous, BPH can be a highly disruptive medical condition for a man to live with. Those with mild symptoms often respond well to lifestyle adjustments, while men with mild-to-severe cases of BPH are generally advised to take medication or even undergo surgery.

Tampa General Hospital offers a new therapy to alleviate BPH symptoms called prostate artery embolization, or PAE. PAE is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that has the potential to fundamentally alter the approach to benign prostatic hyperplasia treatment for patients with severely enlarged prostates. PAE blocks the blood vessels leading to the prostate, causing it to shrink. The procedure is performed under light sedation and requires less than six hours at the hospital. Post-procedure side effects are minimal and typically last only one to three days. Prostate arterial embolization is a breakthrough BPH treatment capable of eliminating BPH symptoms and nearly eliminating the serious complications related to traditional prostate surgery, such as erectile dysfunction, dry orgasms, and recurring urinary tract infections.

TGH is one of only 13 locations in the United States where prostatic artery embolization is being studied as a viable BPH therapy under FDA approval. Of those, we are one of just a small handful to offer this groundbreaking procedure, in most cases, without the use of a urinary catheter and performed through a small artery in the wrist. This further reduces the risk of post-procedure complications and shortens recovery time significantly. Our prostate artery embolization program includes board-certified interventional radiologists who perform the procedure and a patient coordinator to assist in collecting medical records, travel and scheduling appointments. Our program also includes several urologists who assist in diagnosis and treatment for patients who cannot receive PAE, and more than 60 nurses and technologists who provide quality care in a technologically advanced setting where patient safety and wellbeing are always the top priorities.

Not every individual who receives a diagnosis of BPH is a suitable candidate for PAE at Tampa General. Only our medical team, which includes experienced urologists and interventional radiologists, will be able to make that determination. If you are tired of living with symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia and have recently received a diagnosis of an enlarged prostate, then contact us to explore whether you qualify for prostate artery embolization at TGH. Fill out our online form or call our PAE program coordinator at (813) 844-5072 to begin the evaluation process.