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PAE is a Breakthrough Procedure for Men with an Enlarged Prostate

Every procedure performed as a treatment for an enlarged prostate has the same general objective: to ease or eliminate the symptoms typically associated with a prostate that has grown too big. These symptoms include frequent urination, nighttime urination (nocturia), a weak urinary stream, straining during urination, urinary incontinence, and the inability to fully empty one’s bladder. An enlarged prostate, typically referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is by no means uncommon. BPH affects approximately half of all men in their 50s and up to 90 percent of men over the age of 80.

Fortunately, BPH is treatable. It can be treated with prescription medication or surgery, including a minimally invasive procedure called prostate artery embolization. Performed on an outpatient basis and requiring only light sedation, prostate artery embolization, or PAE, is a breakthrough therapy that should strongly interest any man who has moderate to severe BPH symptoms. PAE is minimally invasive in that it only requires a small incision in the left wrist. The surgeon then inserts a micro-catheter that is used to carry tiny beads called microspheres to the blood vessels that surround the prostate. The microspheres restrict the supply of blood to the prostate and, gradually, the prostate begins to shrink. The PAE procedure can shrink an enlarged prostate by 30 to 50 percent and has clinically proven to have very low risk of serious complications associated with traditional BPH surgery, such as impotence and erectile dysfunction. PAE is a more ideal treatment method for men who have a prostate size that is considered higher risk for traditional prostate surgery.

If you have recently received a diagnosis of an enlarged prostate, PAE may be a viable option for you. You can start the evaluation process by contacting Tampa General’s PAE program coordinator at (813) 844-5072 or by filling out our online form.