Approximately 25% of men have enlarged prostate symptoms by the time they reach age 55 — and these numbers double in men 75 and older. Andrew Doe, MD, founded Alate Health to bring the safest and most effective treatment options available to men in the Houston area, including treating benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) with prostate artery embolization (PAE). To see if prostate artery embolization can address your symptoms, call Alate Health or schedule an appointment online today.
Benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH, is the medical term for having an enlarged prostate gland. The prostate surrounds the urethra, in front of the rectum between the penis and bladder.
As men grow older, it’s common for their prostate to grow larger, constricting the urethra and leading to uncomfortable symptoms, including:
In addition to urination issues, BPH can sometimes cause urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder and kidney damage, or bladder stones.
Treating BPH depends on several factors, including your age, overall health, the size of your prostate, and the severity of your symptoms. The most common treatment for mild or moderate BPH is medication.
For more severe BPH cases, your provider may recommend surgery. The experienced team of interventional radiologists at Alate Health offer prostate artery embolization, or PAE, an alternative treatment for benign prostatic hypertrophy.
Also known as prostatic artery embolization, PAE uses X-ray technology to treat prostate enlargement.
During PAE, your interventional radiologist makes a small incision in your wrist or groin to access the blood vessels supplying your prostate. After inserting a small catheter, they inject an X-ray dye to map the blood vessels feeding your prostate.
To treat your prostate, your provider injects thousands of microscopic plastic beads, or microspheres, into the blood vessels to slow their blood supply, and then they remove your catheter. To treat your entire prostate, your interventional radiologist repeats this process on the other side of your body.
PAE takes approximately two to three hours and doesn’t require general anesthesia. After having the prostate artery embolization at a state-of-the-art procedure suite at Alate Health, you can go home the same day. In most cases, recovery only takes a day or two before you can return to work or other regular activities.
Over the next few weeks, as your prostate loses its blood supply, it shrinks in size. This enables your urethra to open up again so urine can flow more freely. Unlike conventional surgical treatments for BPH that can cause complications, such as incontinence and impotence, PAE has few side effects and may even improve sexual function.
To learn more, call Alate Health or schedule an appointment online today.