Are you tired of living with the frustrating symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)? Is this condition affecting your quality of life and overall well-being?

At Vein Health Clinic, we are proud to offer a groundbreaking solution that brings new hope to those suffering from BPH, known as Prostatic Artery Embolization. Florida residents can contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss these options.

What is Prostatic Artery Embolization?

Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia, a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.

During PAE, tiny particles are injected into the blood vessels (called embolization) supplying the prostate, blocking the blood flow and causing the prostate to shrink.

This reduction in size alleviates urinary symptoms associated with BPH, such as frequent urination, weak urine flow, and urinary urgency.

PAE offers an alternative to traditional surgical treatments for BPH, providing a less invasive option with potentially fewer complications and a quicker recovery time. It is not typically used as a primary treatment for prostate cancer.

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PAE can help patients suffering from uncomfortable symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Who Requires Prostate Artery Embolization

Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is typically recommended for individuals who are experiencing bothersome urinary symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that can lead to urinary issues such as:

  • Frequent urination
  • Weak urine flow or urinary retention
  • Urinary urgency
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Erectile dysfunction (sexual dysfunction)
  • Urinary incontinence

PAE may be considered for individuals who have failed to achieve satisfactory symptom relief through conservative management options or who prefer a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgical treatments.

Benefits of Prostate Artery Embolization

Some of the key benefits of PAE include:

  • Minimally invasive: PAE is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed through a small incision in the groin area, reducing the need for open surgery. It is typically done under local anesthesia or conscious sedation, avoiding the risks associated with general anesthesia.
  • Preserves sexual function: Unlike surgical treatments such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), PAE has been shown to have a lower risk of sexual side effects, preserving sexual function, and ejaculatory function in most cases.
  • Shorter recovery time: PAE generally allows for a quicker recovery compared to surgical procedures, with most individuals able to resume normal activities within a few days to a week, depending on individual healing and response.
  • Effective symptom relief: PAE has been shown to provide significant relief from urinary symptoms associated with BPH, such as increased urinary frequency, weak urine flow, and urinary urgency. Clinical studies have demonstrated improvement in symptom scores and quality of life measures.
  • Preserves prostate function: PAE aims to shrink the prostate gland and improve urinary symptoms while preserving overall prostate function. This is particularly beneficial for individuals who may wish to avoid the potential side effects of surgical treatments.
  • Outpatient procedure: PAE is typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that hospital stays are not required. This can result in cost savings and convenience for patients.
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Risks of prostate artery embolization

Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is generally considered a safe procedure, but like any medical intervention, it does carry some risks, which may include:

  • Temporary urinary difficulties: Following the procedure, some individuals may experience temporary urinary difficulties such as increased urinary frequency, urgency, or difficulty in urination. These symptoms typically resolve over time.
  • Retrograde ejaculation: In some cases, PAE may lead to retrograde ejaculation, where semen enters the bladder instead of being expelled through the urethra during ejaculation. While this does not typically cause health problems, it can affect fertility and sexual function.
  • Infection: As with any invasive procedure, there is a slight risk of infection. However, this risk is relatively low and can be minimized by following proper hygiene and post-procedure care instructions.
  • Allergic reactions: Rarely, individuals may experience an allergic reaction to the contrast dye or embolic material used during the procedure. These reactions can range from mild to severe and may require immediate medical attention.
  • Damage to surrounding structures: During the PAE procedure, there is a small risk of damaging surrounding structures such as blood vessels, nerves, or the bladder. However, this risk is minimized through careful planning and the use of advanced imaging techniques to guide the procedure.

It is essential to discuss the potential risks and benefits of PAE with a qualified healthcare professional who can provide personalized guidance based on your specific medical history and condition.

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms may increase with age, but with modern treatments such as PAE, these symptoms do not have to take over your life.

Prostate Arterial Embolization Treatment Florida

Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive procedure that works by targeting the blood supply to the prostate gland. The treatment involves the following steps:

Anesthesia: The procedure usually begins with the administration of local anesthesia or conscious sedation to ensure patient comfort throughout the process.

Catheter insertion: A small incision is made in the groin area, and a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into the femoral artery. Through image-guided techniques, the catheter is carefully threaded up to the arteries supplying blood to the prostate gland.

Embolization: Once the catheter is correctly positioned, small particles, or microspheres, are injected into the prostatic arteries. These particles are designed to block or restrict blood flow to the prostate gland, causing it to shrink over time. The specific embolic material used may vary depending on the preferences and expertise of the medical team.

Monitoring and recovery: Throughout the procedure, the medical team monitors the progress using imaging technology to ensure accurate placement of the embolic material. After the treatment, the catheter is removed, and pressure is applied to the incision site to prevent bleeding. Patients are then monitored for a short period to ensure stability and are typically discharged on the same day.

Over time, as blood flow to the prostate gland is reduced, the excess tissue responsible for causing the lower urinary tract symptoms associated with BPH begins to shrink. This gradual reduction in prostate size leads to an improvement in urinary flow and a reduction in bothersome urinary symptoms.

Cost of prostate artery embolization Florida

The cost of prostate artery embolization at any of our Florida clinics will be discussed after an initial consultation is completed.

Thereafter, we can give you an accurate estimate for the treatment as well as any potential health insurance reimbursements. Please reach out to us to learn more about pricing.

Meet Our Prostate Artery Embolization Specialist

Dr Obinna Nwobi

Dr. Nwobi earned a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland, specializing in healthcare management and international health. He went on to secure his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

After that, he completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He later received his fellowship in vascular surgery at the Vascular Group PLLC and Albany Medical Center in New York. This motivated him to practice in an underserved area of Florida.

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as prostate enlargement, is a non-cancerous condition that affects the prostate gland in men. As men age, the prostate gland, which surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body), may gradually enlarge.
The average cost of prostate artery embolization (PAE) can vary depending on factors such as location, healthcare provider, and specific circumstances, so it is best to consult with the Vein Health Clinic directly for accurate pricing information.
The success rate of prostate artery embolization (PAE) in relieving symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can be quite high, with reported success rates ranging from 70% to 90%, providing significant improvement in urinary symptoms and quality of life for many patients.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

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