Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is an advanced, minimally-invasive procedure used to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. BPH affects 50% of men over 50 years of age, and up to 90% of men over 80. If you have BPH, you have an enlarged prostate gland that puts pressure on your urethra. This pressure can cause symptoms such as:
- Weak or interrupted urination
- Difficulty starting or controlling urination
- Sudden, urgent needs to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination, especially at night
- Erectile dysfunction
- An increased risk of developing prostate cancer
Symptoms like these can negatively impact your quality of life. In the past, enlarged prostate treatment often involved invasive surgeries that had serious side effects (including permanent sexual dysfunction). At our advanced IR Center, nationally-known Interventional Radiologist and ECCO co-founder Dr. Charlie Nutting treats enlarged prostate using Prostate Artery Embolization, which eliminates the buildup of prostatic tissue without invasive surgery.
If you have an enlarged prostate, PAE offers important treatment options you may not have heard about
Because it is one of the most technically challenging IR procedures, PAE is not performed in many US hospitals, let alone in an outpatient setting. At ECCO, PAE is performed in our Office Based Laboratory by Dr. Charlie Nutting, one of a handful of doctors in the country who perform this advanced procedure. PAE requires only light sedation, without the need for hospitalization or general anesthesia.
During the procedure, Dr. Nutting introduces a microcatheter into a tiny incision in the femoral artery, and then uses advanced imaging technologies to guide it to the artery that supplies blood to the prostate. Small spheres are then inserted into the artery to block it, which causes the extra tissue to shrink and become reabsorbed. The PAE procedure requires almost no recovery time, and has extremely low complication rates, with zero reports of effects on sexual function. Patients typically report relief from symptoms within 2 to 3 weeks.
If you have enlarged prostate symptoms and are looking for the most advanced treatment options available, call our offices today at 720-250-9799 or go online to schedule a consultation, so we can determine whether you are a candidate for this procedure.