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PAE Offers Shorter Recovery Time Compared to Traditional Prostate Surgery

Some men with an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), may opt to endure the unpleasant symptoms that affect their urinary system because they fear a difficult recovery from prostate surgery. But prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive BPH treatment with a much shorter recovery time than traditional procedures. PAE is a more suitable treatment option for men who have a significantly enlarged prostate or a prostate size that is considered higher risk for traditional prostate surgery.

PAE is an outpatient procedure performed under light sedation by a surgeon. This procedure involves blocking off the blood vessels that feed the prostate, which causes it to shrink, thereby helping to relieve BPH symptoms. Patients spend less than six hours in the hospital and can expect to be discharged with antibiotics, pain medication, and anti-inflammatories.

As with any medical procedure, PAE carries some risks, but research shows that it is a safe procedure, and as far as prostate surgery recovery goes, PAE has generally mild post-procedural symptoms. These symptoms usually last about one to three days and can include pain during urination, pain at the base of the penis, and a small amount of blood in the urine or stool.

Patients can continue their normal daily routine immediately following the procedure, but should expect the need to urinate more frequently for two or three days, which may make working or traveling difficult.

Tampa General Hospital is proud to be one of a handful of hospitals in the nation offering PAE as a minimally invasive alternative to treat BPH. To begin the process of determining your candidacy for this innovative procedure, contact our PAE program coordinator at (813) 844-5072 or fill out our online form.