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Prostate Embolization & Treatment

For many men, the discomfort and complications arising from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia can be a massive hindrance to their quality of life. This common condition, characterized by the enlargement of the prostate gland, often leads to a variety of symptoms including urinary difficulties. At National Vascular Associates, we provide comprehensive services for local patients including prostate embolization. Are you wondering whether or not you should consider this procedure? Keep reading for more information about this technique so you can make the right choice for managing your BPH symptoms.

The Role Of Prostate Embolization In Treating BPH

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, affecting a large percentage of men as they age, often leads to uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating symptoms. Traditional prostate treatment methods range from medications to invasive surgeries, each with its own set of drawbacks. Prostate embolization, also known as prostatic artery embolization or PAE, is a cutting-edge procedure that targets the arteries supplying blood to the enlarged prostate gland. By selectively obstructing these arteries, the procedure reduces the size of the prostate, thereby alleviating symptoms. This innovative approach offers several advantages, including reduced risk of sexual dysfunction, a common concern with traditional surgical procedures, and a quicker recovery time.

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Who Benefits From Prostate Embolization?

It’s vital to determine who stands to benefit the most from this procedure. Generally, ideal candidates for PAE are those experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of BPH, who either cannot undergo traditional surgery due to health concerns or prefer a less invasive option. Patients with significant urinary symptoms, such as frequent urination, difficulty starting urination, or a weak urine stream, may find substantial relief post-embolization. It's also a viable option for those who have had limited success with medication or wish to avoid the potential side effects of BPH surgeries. Our physicians conduct thorough evaluations to ascertain suitability, ensuring the best outcomes for our patients.

Pre-Procedure Preparations For Prostate Embolization

Preparation for prostate embolization is key to a successful procedure. This includes a detailed medical evaluation, which may involve blood tests, imaging studies like MRI or CT scans, and a detailed discussion of your medical history. It’s essential to inform your doctor about any medications you’re taking, as some may need to be adjusted or stopped temporarily. Patients are generally advised to fast for a few hours before the procedure. Additionally, arranging for someone to drive you home post-procedure is a wise decision, as you may experience mild grogginess due to the sedative used during the treatment.

The Prostate Embolization Procedure

Prostate embolization is performed by a skilled physician in a hospital or outpatient setting. The procedure typically takes about 90 minutes and is carried out under conscious sedation, ensuring comfort throughout. The specialist makes a small incision, usually in the groin area, to access the femoral artery. Using advanced imaging techniques, a catheter is navigated to the prostatic arteries. Tiny particles are then injected through the catheter to block these arteries, reducing blood flow to the enlarged prostate and consequently decreasing its size. Following the procedure, patients are monitored for a short period before being discharged, usually on the same day. The recovery period is relatively quick, with most men returning to their normal activities within a few days.

Are You Looking For A Prostate Embolization Doctor In Your Area? 

Offering a less invasive alternative with fewer side effects and a quicker recovery, prostate embolization aligns well with the needs of many patients. If you're considering prostate embolization, call National Vascular Associates today. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will discuss your needs one-on-one and can schedule an appointment with a local prostate embolization doctor for your prostate treatment consultation. 

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