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How can arterial embolization treat BPH?

Posted on October 20, 2023

Our interventional radiologists at the Georgia Prostate Institute regularly perform arterial embolization. But what is arterial embolization? This procedure shuts off blood flow to certain parts of your body to promote therapeutic effects. To start, we inject embolic material, via catheter, to arteries or veins, preventing blood movement without harming your health.

While this treatment has been around since the 1970s, today, the treatment has been refined and perfected. Now, it's an FDA-approved therapeutic treatment for a variety of conditions, including the side effects of an enlarged prostate.  Let's take a closer look at how this minimally-invasive treatment delivers relief!

What is arterial embolization?

As a minimally invasive procedure, you can undergo AE without general anesthesia. Plus, most patients avoid an overnight hospital, and enjoy a post-procedure recovery period that's far easier than recovering from any kind of surgery.

As we mentioned, interventional radiologists have spent years perfecting arterial embolization treatments. In the process, we've discovered many new treatment avenues, including AE for varicocele (varicose veins of the scrotum) and AE for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, a condition that's also referred to as an enlarged prostate.) When we use AE to treat the prostate enlargement, we reference Prostate Arterial Embolization, or PAE.

Prostate Arterial Embolization (PAE) Treatment in Georgia

Our experts are so excited about the FDA's recent decision to approve AE as a less invasive treatment option for BPH and LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms) because it allows us to help a wide range of patients avoid surgery or medications while finding effective relief. For that reason, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our interventional radiologists in Georgia. Together, we can determine if you are a candidate for this less invasive BPH treatment option.

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