What is a Prostate Artery Embolization?

PAE is a procedure performed by an interventional radiologist (IR) to restrict blood flow to the prostate to relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate. 

PAE works by blocking blood flow to the prostate by deploying microspheres into the prostate arteries. With reduced blood flow to the prostate, the prostate shrinks, relieving symptoms.

What to expect from a Prostate Artery Embolization?

The procedure involves inserting a tiny catheter into an artery in the upper thigh. The radiologist uses X-rays to help guide the catheter to specific arteries of the prostate. Microspheres are then released through the catheter into the prostate arteries, blocking blood flow to the gland.

Patients are typically not admitted for this procedure and are usually discharged about 3 hours after the procedure. The procedure also has minimal pain associated with it as there is only a small incision administered to the thigh.

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