Non-Surgical BPH Treatment in Denver, CO
Want to Avoid Surgery? Find out if Prostatic Artery Embolization is Right for You
Approximately 25% of men have enlarged prostate symptoms by the time they reach age 55. These numbers double in men 75 and older. The enlarged prostate specialists at Minimally Invasive Procedure Specialists, founded Denver BPH to bring the safest and most effective treatment options available to men in Denver. This includes treating BPH with prostate artery embolization (PAE).
Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) is an effective and non-surgical treatment option for BPH. The interventional radiologists at Denver BPH specialize in providing PAE at our office in Highlands Ranch. To see if prostate artery embolization can address your enarlged prostate symptoms, call Denver BPH at (303) 805-7477 to schedule your consultation today.
Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) Treatment
PAE is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and no general anesthesia is required. During the PAE procedure, also known as prostatic artery embolization, you’re given a mild sedative, but remain awake.
The procedure begins with a tiny incision in your upper thigh or wrist to gain access to your arterial system. Using specialized X-ray equipment, a doctor called an Interventional Radiologist (IR) guides a catheter (a small hollow tube) to the vessels that supply blood to your prostate.
Once the IR reaches this location, embolic material (small particles about the size of a grain of sand) is injected through the catheter and into these blood vessels, decreasing blood flow to your prostate. The IR then repositions the catheter in order to treat the other side of your prostate. With its blood flow reduced, the prostate begins to shrink, relieving pressure on the urethra and improving symptoms, usually within days of the procedure.
What can I expect from PAE?
PAE takes approximately two to three hours at our office and doesn’t require general anesthesia. After having the prostate artery embolization at a state-of-the-art procedure suite, you can go home the same day. In most cases, recovery will only take a day or two before you can return to regular activity or work.
Over the next few weeks, as your prostate loses its blood supply, it will shrink in size. This enables your urethra to open up again, allowing urine can flow more freely. Unlike conventional surgical treatments for an enlarged prostate that can cause complications, such as incontinence and impotence, PAE has few side effects and may even improve sexual function.