Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is a safe, sustainable way to reduce symptoms of an enlarged prostate with a minimally invasive procedure. It’s a way to get back to your life and your regular functions without complicating your future.
Why choose PAE?
“Prostate artery embolization represents a significant, meaningful advancement in minimally invasive non-surgical therapy of an enlarged prostate, especially for patients who had no prior treatment options or for patients with symptoms who wish to avoid the risks that come with standard surgical treatments.”
Fairfax Vascular Center is one of the largest, long-established interventional radiology practices with more than 100 years of combined clinical experience.
Since the introduction of the procedure, our highly trained Interventional Radiologists have been providing prostate artery embolization (PAE) as a treatment option for patients suffering from symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Currently, we are one of the busiest centers in the region.
Additionally, part of our team is composed of sub-specialized radiologists who are experts in prostate and male pelvic imaging. We offer multiple approaches to performing the procedure both from the radial artery (wrist) and femoral artery (groin).
Most patients with typical lower urinary tract symptoms are candidates for prostate artery embolization. The key benefits of PAE are few if any complications and no lasting sexual side-effects. Patients are candidates for PAE even if they are not candidates for a transuretheral surgical procedure. Patients with bleeding originating from the prostate gland, indwelling catheters for urination, or non-surgical candidates are also suitable for PAE. Patients with chronic non-bacterial prostatitis may also be candidates for treatment.
You can expect slight discomfort for a few seconds when the local anesthetic is injected. As the anesthetic quickly takes effect, the skin and deeper tissue will be numb and you should feel no pain. Then, as the contrast material is injection, you may feel a temporary tingling or warming sensation.
Each PAE procedure is different. Depending on the severity of the BPH, it typically takes from 1-3 hours.
Post-procedure, you may feel tired and should limit activities for a few days. The most common complaints are pubic pain, burning with urination and the frequent urge to urinate. These are typically most prevalent within the first 3-4 days. Your interventional radiologist will work closely with you to manage your symptoms. Within a week, you should be able to return to normal activities. Full benefits from PAE will happen gradually over a few months as the gland shrinks; typically the earliest the results are experienced is at the one month mark.
Better men’s health starts with a conversation. Let’s find a minimally invasive way to get you back to your maximum life.