Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) isn’t cancerous, but it can severely affect your quality of life. Treatment with prostate artery embolization (PAE) at Comprehensive Urology can relieve the symptoms of BPH without the need for an invasive surgical procedure. With the help of their team of board-certified urology experts, you can benefit from advanced treatments like PAE that provide an alternative way of reducing the discomfort and distress of having BPH. Call Comprehensive Urology in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, or book a consultation online today.
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a nonsurgical form of treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
BPH is a common problem in which the prostate gland gradually enlarges. The prostate gland sits below your bladder, around the top of your urethra. The prostate’s job is to produce fluid for semen.
Prostate enlargement puts pressure on the urethra, causing a range of urinary problems. These problems include urge incontinence, which occurs when you suddenly need to urinate and can’t hold on for very long.
One of the highly skilled providers at Comprehensive Urology carries out the PAE procedure.
The first step is to insert a Foley catheter into your urethra. This type of catheter is a slim tube with a medical-grade balloon on the end. Your provider inserts the catheter and positions it in your bladder. Its role is to act as a reference point.
Another catheter goes into an artery in your groin or wrist. Your provider uses an arteriogram image to highlight the blood vessels that supply your prostate. An arteriogram is a type of X-ray that reveals a dye that has been injected into your blood vessels.
Using the arteriogram for guidance, your provider passes the catheter into the target blood vessels. Once in position, they inject small particles called microspheres into the blood vessels through the catheter. Your provider then repeats the process on the other side of your prostate.
The microspheres block off the blood supply to your prostate. As a result, your prostate shrinks, which relieves pressure on the urethra. Your symptoms should improve within a few days.
PAE is a worthwhile option for you if you’re not suitable for traditional surgery or would rather not have surgery. The PAE procedure is less likely to cause side effects such as erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction in comparison to the more invasive surgical approaches for treating BPH, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
To assess your suitability, your provider also needs to check your symptoms, such as how often they’re affecting you and how much they interfere with your life. If your BPH symptoms are causing a significant impact on your quality of life, PAE might be a suitable solution.
You might also need to have some tests before undergoing a PAE. Urinalysis is a standard test, and your provider may want to assess the size of your prostate with a digital rectal exam. You might also need to have tests like a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test to rule out cancer and an MRI or ultrasound scan.
To find out more about the innovative PAE option for BPH, call Comprehensive Urology or book an appointment online today.