Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) Treatment for BPH

Prostate artery embolization is an ideal treatment for men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with very large prostates.

The PAE Procedure

  • Reduced blood flow to the prostate, causing it to shrink over time
  • A small catheter inserted into the artery at the top of the leg
  • Catheter guided into the vessels that supply prostate
  • Tiny round microspheres (particles) are injected through the catheter and into the blood vessels that feed your prostate to reduce its blood supply.
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PAE Procedure – What to Expect

  • Procedure takes 45-90 minutes
  • Done in office
  • Not painful
  • Given light sedation
  • Bed rest for 2 hours
  • Symptoms start to improve in 3 weeks
  • Improvement continues for several months
  • Side effects in the first week
    • Temporary worsening of existing symptoms
    • Feel like you have a urinary tract infection
    • Medications are given to counteract side effects
  • 85 – 90% success rate
  • Average durability of 5-7 years

PAE Procedure – Advantages

  • Minimally invasive
  • No surgical incision or device inserted into the penis
  • Performed in an outpatient setting
  • Very low complication rate and no reports of erectile dysfunction or urinary leakage after PAE
  • No catheter required
  • Return to full activity in one week

Could PAE be right for you?

You can also contact the IR Center directly at or 947-999-8244.

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