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Am I a Candidate for Prostate Artery Embolization?

Posted on January 11, 2024

PAE, or prostatic artery embolization is an FDA-approved treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, also called prostate enlargement.) Now, this condition triggers Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) and there are several ways to relieve BPH symptoms, including changes to your lifestyle, medication, and surgery. But how can you know if you are a candidate for prostatic artery embolization? This post explains PAE candidacy, while taking an in-depth look at what's involved in the procedure.

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Understanding PAE ?

This non-surgical procedure alleviates urinary symptoms of BPH. The procedure involves injecting embolic materials into a wire that accesses your prostatic artery; this reduces blood flow to your prostate. In turn, it shrinks, and you experience symptom relief.

PAE is an outpatient procedure that takes about about two hours to complete. You only need moderate sedation during the procedure. And that allows you to stay awake without any discomfort, meaning you won't need general anesthesia or hospitalization.

Am I a candidate for prostate artery embolization?

While minimally invasive PAE is a less risky procedure than surgery, you may experience side effects such as blood in the urine, rectal bleeding, and sudden urinary retention. As such, you should not choose PAE if you can find BPH relief by making lifestyle changes or by taking medication.

So, when would you be considered a candidate for prostate artery embolization? This is a great option if you suffer from BPH but can't find symptom relief with other, non-surgical options. You should also have decent kidney function and be able to tolerate contrast dye.

Ready to see if PAE can offer you BPH relief? Click here to request an appointment with our prostate specialists in Georgia. When you come into the office, we can determine if you are a PAE candidate!

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