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Effective Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Treatment Now Includes PAE

Tampa General Hospital offers a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) that can be an alternative to surgery and does not require a lengthy hospital visit or carry as much risk of unpleasant side effects as traditional prostate surgery. Called prostate artery embolization, or PAE, this procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and requires only light sedation. The procedure – which typically requires less than six hours at the hospital – is performed by an interventional radiologist, a specialist in minimally invasive, image-guided surgeries. Through a catheter that is placed in a small incision in the left wrist, tiny beads called microspheres are deposited into the vessels that supply blood to the prostate. Having its blood supply restricted causes the prostate to shrink by as much as 30 to 50 percent. This decreases pressure on the urethra and helps to relieve benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms.

PAE is a cutting-edge therapy that has been proven safe and effective for patients with significantly enlarged prostates. It is less invasive than traditional surgery and significantly reduces the risk of serious post-procedure complications such as erectile dysfunction, incontinence, or retrograde ejaculation. Any individual being considered for the procedure will be evaluated to rule out other, more-serious medical conditions with symptoms similar to BPH, such as bladder cancer and prostate cancer. PAE is more suitable for men who have a significantly enlarged prostate or a prostate size that is considered higher risk for transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). Older patients and those with certain complications who are not good candidates for traditional BPH surgery may nevertheless qualify for PAE at Tampa General Hospital.

To see whether you are a suitable candidate for this innovative method of treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia, call Tampa General Hospital’s PAE program coordinator at (813) 844-5072 or fill out our online form to begin the evaluation process.