Prostate enlargement, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a common condition in older men that causes symptoms such as poor urinary flow, frequent urination during the day and night, incomplete bladder emptying, and sudden urge to urinate. More than 50% of old age males in rural India suffer from this problems. Prostate Artery Embolization or PAE is a procedure technique that shrinks the prostate by treating its blood vessels.
Benefits of PAE procedure
- No scar / Sutures
- No Anesthesia
- Day care procedure
- No hospital admission required
- No sexual dysfunction
- Very less use of urinary catheter
- Very less bleeding
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What are the benefits of prostate artery embolization?
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive treatment for enlarged prostate. It is an outpatient procedure and requires less recovery time than surgery to treat enlarged prostate. PAE also has a lower risk of side effects than other surgical treatments, including urinary incontinence and lower sex drive.
Who is a candidate for prostate artery embolization?
- The urge to urinate
- Urinating more frequently
- Intermittent urination
- Disrupted sleep because of the need to urinate frequently overnight
- Weak stream
- Sensation of incomplete emptying of the bladder
- Urinary retention requiring catheterization
What are the advantages of PAE vs TURP?
Prostate artery embolization can improve urinary tract symptoms similarly to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), a surgery also used to treat enlarged prostate. However, PAE has advantages vs. TURP, including:
- Faster recovery time without hospitalization
- Lower risk of complications
- Fewer or more minor complications
Does insurance cover prostate artery embolization?
Yes. Most insurance carriers cover PAE. Please check with your insurance provider to see if your specific plan covers the procedure.
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