BPH treatment from the Association of Alexandria Radiologists is minimally invasive, and doesn’t come with the side effects of traditional prostate surgery. Using a new technique known as Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE), radiologists can provide excellent results with minimal recovery time.
PAE vs TURP
Transurethral Resection of the Prostate, also known as TURP, is the traditional treatment for BPH. It is effective but also comes with higher risk for complications including urinary incontinence and retrograde ejaculation. TURP also requires a standard hospital stay of 2-3 days and it can only be performed on prostates up to a certain size.
PAE is a minimally invasive procedure performed by an interventional radiologist that doesn’t require large incisions, stitches, or a lengthy recovery period. Most patients are discharged after just 3 hours however, some patients may need to spend one night in the hospital. PAE may be performed on prostates of all sizes. More than 90% of patients report extreme improvement following the PAE procedure.
BPH Treatment with PAE: What to Expect
During the prostate artery embolization procedure, a small catheter is inserted through an artery in the groin into the arteries that supply blood to the prostate. Small particles are injected in order to decrease blood supply to the prostate, which reduces its size and symptoms. The procedure isn’t painful and patients only need a mild sedative, with some patients choosing to have no sedation at all.
BPH Treatment with Association of Alexandria Radiologists
BPH affects more than 50% of men over age 60. If you or a loved one is suffering with BPH symptoms, contact the Association of Alexandria radiologists to learn more about prostate artery embolization. BPH treatment with PAE is currently available at Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.