If you are one of the millions of men who suffer from enlarged prostates, you may be looking for a treatment that can help relieve your symptoms. If so, prostate artery embolization (PAE) may be the right choice for you. PAE is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that has been shown to provide relief from symptoms such as urinary obstruction, frequency, and urgency. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of PAE and how it can help you get back to your life without prostate problems!
What is Prostate Artery Embolization?
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that is used to treat symptomatic enlarged prostates. The procedure takes about 30-45 minutes and involves the placement of a small catheter into the femoral artery in the groin. This catheter is guided into the prostate arteries using specialized x-ray technology. Once the catheter is in place, small particles are injected into the arteries to block the flow of blood to the prostate. PAE is a safe and effective procedure that has been shown to provide relief from urinary obstruction, frequency, and urgency.
After the procedure, you can expect to experience some urinary frequency and urgency for the first few days. However, this is typically temporary and will resolve itself within a few days. You may also experience some bruising and swelling in the groin area. This is also temporary and will resolve itself within a few days. It is important to drink plenty of fluids after the procedure to help flush the particles out of your system.
What Are the Benefits of PAE?
There are many benefits of PAE, including:
PAE is an outpatient procedure, which means that you can go home the same day as your procedure. There is no need for an overnight stay in the hospital.
Minimal Blood Loss:
PAE is a minimally invasive procedure, that is performed through the arteries and only requires one tiny opening. This means that there is little to no blood loss.
No Foley Catheter:
Unlike other treatments for enlarged prostates, PAE does not require a Foley catheter. A Foley catheter is a tube that is inserted into the bladder through the penis to drain urine.
Low Risk of Side Effects:
PAE has a low risk of side effects. This includes sexual side effects such as erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation, as well as urinary side effects such as urinary incontinence.
Shorter Recovery Time:
PAE has a shorter recovery time than other treatments for enlarged prostates.
PAE is a minimally invasive procedure, which means that there is less discomfort after the procedure.
Relief of Symptoms:
Last, but certainly not least, PAE can effectively relieve urinary symptoms. By decreasing the size of your prostate, PAE has been shown to provide relief from urinary obstruction, frequency, and urgency.
In this blog post, we have discussed the benefits of PAE. If you are suffering from an enlarged prostate and are looking for a treatment option that can help you get back to your life, PAE may be the right choice for you. To learn more about PAE and how it can help you, contact us today! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.