A BPH Test is Required for All Prospective PAE Patients at Tampa General
Having a BPH test performed by a qualified urologist is necessary for determining whether the symptoms you are experiencing are being caused by an enlarged prostate or something potentially more serious. It is also required of anyone wishing to undergo prostate artery embolization (PAE) at Tampa General Hospital – one of only 13 locations in the United States where this groundbreaking medical procedure is performed.
PAE is a minimally invasive therapy that has the potential to radically transform how older men with enlarged prostates are treated. For example, a positive BPH test may no longer necessarily lead to a discussion between patient and doctor about traditional prostate surgery. The PAE procedure offers an alternative to surgery that doesn’t require an overnight stay in the hospital and significantly reduces the risk of long-lasting side effects associated with traditional prostate surgery, such as impotence or urinary incontinence. PAE is a more ideal treatment method for men who have a significantly enlarged prostate or a prostate size that is considered higher risk for transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
A BPH test is more accurately described as a series of smaller tests that a doctor can perform on an individual with symptoms consistent with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). For example, the doctor will likely want to evaluate the prostate directly through a digital rectal examination, or DRE. To perform this exam, the doctor inserts a gloved lubricated finger into the patient’s rectum to feel the prostate’s size, shape, and firmness. A BPH test can also include blood testing, urinalysis, and urodynamic measurements for the purpose of determining how well the patient holds and passes urine. The ultimate objective of BPH testing is to discern whether the patient’s symptoms are being caused by BPH or some other, more serious condition – like an infection or cancer.
Whether you have recently been diagnosed with BPH or still need to have your symptoms officially evaluated through a BPH test, contact Tampa General Hospital to see if PAE is right for you. If necessary, we can refer you to a urologist at TGH for testing. Tampa General’s PAE program coordinator can be reached at (813) 844-5072. You can also fill out our online form to learn whether PAE could be a viable option for you.