BPH Treatment

Understanding the Risks of PAE

PAE is an effective minimally invasive treatment for PAE however there are still some risks involved. Learn more about the risks of PAE and call our office in Highlands Ranch at (303) 805-7477 with any additional questions or concerns.

Understand the risks of PAE.

Although PAE complications are rare, any medical procedure carries some degree of risk. Despite the low risk factor, it’s important to understand the potential complications associated with PAE. These include:

  • Embolization of non-target areas (i.e., bladder, rectum)
  • “Post-PAE Syndrome” can last two to three days following the procedure and can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, pelvic pain
  • Temporary painful or difficult urination
  • Temporary urinary frequency
  • Temporary small amounts of blood in urine and/or stool mixed with mucus, and blood in semen
  • Potential skin burns from prolonged fluoroscopy (imaging)
  • Exposure to contrast dye can cause allergic reaction or kidney damage

To see if you’re a candidate for PAE, talk with your Interventional Radiologist to discuss all risks and complications associated with the procedure.

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