What is Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE)?
PAE is a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). The prostate arteries are embolized by tiny microspheres that block some of the blood flow to the prostate, shrinking the tissue and relieving symptoms.
What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) is the most common disease of the prostate and is very common in middle-aged and elderly men. It can affect 50% of men at age 60, and 90% of those aged over 85 years. BPH is a benign, non-cancerous increase of prostate volume, and commonly causes obstruction of the bladder outflow. The condition can cause debilitating symptoms that have an impact on the quality of life.
- Increased frequency and need to urinate
- Increased Frequency of urination at night (nocturia)
- Difficulty starting urination
- Weak and/or interrupted urinary stream
- Sensation of incomplete bladder emptying after urination
These symptoms may occur in isolation or in conjunction with one another, and can vary in severity.