The Simple Guide to Prostate Artery Embolization

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Approximately half of men ages 51 to 60 suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate. While medication can provide relief to some patients, others see no noticeable difference in symptoms due to medication alone, leaving them to decide between surgical options, each with its own potential complications.

In this article, we’ll discuss BPH and some of the available treatment options you can choose from, including one minimally-invasive procedure known as prostate artery embolization (PAE), which is becoming increasingly popular amongst patients across the country.

What is BPH?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is commonly referred to as an enlarged prostate. It is very common in males over the age of 50 and affects nearly 90 percent of men over the age of 80. While the disease is not fatal, it does cause a range of complications, including:

  • Trouble starting or stopping urination
  • Strenuous urination
  • Weak urinary stream
  • Frequent urges to urinate (throughout the night especially)

For some patients, the symptoms of an enlarged prostate may seem tolerable at first, although over time, they tend to worsen as the prostate continues to enlarge and press on the bladder and urinary tract.

What are the Treatment Options?

There are multiple treatment options for BPH. For many patients, their doctor will initially suggest medication and will monitor the symptoms to see if there are any noticeable improvements. If the situation does not improve, the doctor may recommend one of a few different surgeries, although each comes with potential complications.

A popular option for reducing the size of the prostate is called prostate artery embolization. Through this minimally-invasive procedure, the doctor will use an incision in the upper leg to access the artery supplying the blood to the prostate. He or she will then use an injection to cut off the blood flow to the gland, effectively shrinking the size of the prostate and relieving symptoms.

Why Choose Prostate Artery Embolization?

Prostate artery embolization provides relief from the symptoms of an enlarged prostate without the complications of other surgical options. It also has a high success rate and a fast recovery time compared to other surgeries.

Ask Dr. Shiloh About PAE

As a trusted practice in Philadelphia for varicose vein treatments and other vascular and arterial disease treatments, Shiloh Vein & Aesthetics Institute takes pride in providing safe and effective solutions for a range of conditions. Whether you are looking for help with BPH or a varicose vein laser treatment in Philadelphia, Shiloh Vein & Aesthetics Institute is the team to trust.

To learn more about prostate artery embolization and if it is the best option for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shiloh and his team today.