CORA strives to be a leader in revolutionary medical treatments and interventional radiology. We are pleased to now offer Prostate Embolization, a groundbreaking new way to treat enlarged prostates in older men without invasive surgery.
What Does Prostate Embolization Treat?
Many men develop enlarged prostates as they age. This condition is called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH. BPH is often accompanied by urinary tract symptoms including waking up several times at night to use the bathroom, incontinence, difficulty urinating, and incomplete voiding.
When a man has BPH, his prostate gland grows. In order for this to happen, the prostate requires a steady supply of blood. These symptoms have traditionally been treated surgically with a TURP (trans-urethral resection of the prostate). However, TURP is an invasive procedure with a lengthy recovery and potential complications including bleeding and sexual dysfunction.
However, scientists have recently developed a technique called Prostate Embolization, a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. This procedure, also referred to as Prostatic Artery Embolization or PAE, is a day procedure with very little pain and a high success rate.
How Does it Work?
PAE is done from the artery in the wrist in the majority of cases. The procedure involves placing tiny beads in the arteries that bring blood to the prostate. These beads decrease the flow of blood, which causes the prostate to decrease in size. This alleviates the previously existing urinary symptoms.
How Effective is Prostate Embolization?
As a new procedure, more data is being generated on PAE all the time. However, medical studies show that PAE produces positive results. Recent data suggests that it is as effective as TURP while resulting in a shorter recovery time and fewer side effects. PAE has been proven to be safe and effective in a growing number of studies worldwide.
Prostate Embolization at CORA
PAE is currently being performed by a very limited number of physicians in the United States and is gradually becoming more available around the world. This procedure has evolved into an encouraging and minimally invasive option for patients suffering from a wide variety of prostate issues, from BPH to lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).
Many of our radiologists at CORA have specialized in interventional radiology and are ready to help treat your symptoms with leading-edge treatments and high-quality care. To schedule an appointment or learn more, please contact your team at CORA.