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Prostate Artery Embolization is an Effective Treatment for BPH

Prostate artery embolization is a medical procedure for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. BPH is a condition that is characterized by a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate – an organ in the male reproductive system that continues to grow throughout a man’s life. A sufficiently enlarged prostate can pinch the urethra and cause various complications of the bladder. Consequently, an individual with a mild-to-severe case of BPH can experience a range of urinary problems, such as:

  • Frequently or urgently needing to urinate
  • Increased nighttime urination
  • Straining during urination
  • Weak urine stream
  • Sense of incomplete bladder emptying
  • Urinary incontinence

Prostate artery embolization, or PAE, is an innovative procedure that eliminates the symptoms of BPH with fewer side effects and a shorter stay in the hospital than traditional prostate surgery. When performing this operation, a surgeon makes a small incision in the left wrist. A catheter is then used to deposit tiny beads called microspheres into the vessels that supply blood to the prostate. With its blood supply choked off, the prostate shrinks. Clinical trials have demonstrated that PAE can reduce the size of an enlarged prostate by 30-50 percent and swiftly bring an end to BPH symptoms.

PAE is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure with post-procedure symptoms that normally last just a few days. Tampa General Hospital offers PAE as a treatment for BPH to men who have a significantly enlarged prostate or a prostate size that is considered higher risk for traditional transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).

Contact Tampa General Hospital’s PAE program coordinator at (813) 844-5072 or fill out our online form to begin the process of determining whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.