Greg had been searching for a treatment for his enlarged prostate and learned about the Urolift and STEAM procedures and soon discovered that due to the size of his prostate, he was not a candidate. He was determined to find something that could minimize the adverse side effects he suffered from his enlarged prostate and continued his research. He was excited to hear that Yale was doing Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) for men with his size prostate. He was all set to make the trip to Yale when he learned from his doctor that the team at Windsong Interventional and Vascular Services was offering the same treatment. Long story short, Greg did not have to travel out of network for the PAE and he is telling everyone about his newfound life and the great team at Windsong. For Greg, the greatest benefit of the treatment has been his ability to go 3 ½ hours without having to use a bathroom. This is a big deal for a man who likes to travel all over the world and at one time had a catheter inserted to travel across the ocean. Post his procedure, Greg is happy to report another benefit - the constipation issues that accompanied his enlarged prostate have greatly improved. Greg happily states, “I am now able to go on long walks on the beach for hours at a time without having to stop to urinate.” No longer must he stop at every bathroom along the beach. Greg added, “Everyone at Windsong was unbelievable. The compassion shown to my wife and I was amazing.”
Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)
For the Treatment of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is performed by Dr. J. Dana Dunleavy in the Windsong Interventional and Vascular Suite for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). This procedure is a minimally invasive treatment performed as an outpatient with zero hospital days and results include rapid symptomatic improvement, reduced recovery, and diminished risk of side effects, including erectile dysfunction.
What is Prostate Artery Embolization?
PAE is a minimally invasive procedure performed for men with an enlarged prostate gland or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). More than half of all men in their 60s and as many as 90% of men aged 70-89 years have symptoms of BPH. Symptoms include:
- Urinary frequency
- Dribbling at the end of urinating
- Inability to urinate
- Incomplete emptying of bladder
- Difficulty starting urination
- Straining to urinate or weak urine stream
These symptoms are not only disruptive to a man’s life, but also may be interrupting the spouse’s sleep. Many men avoid treatment because they do not want to undergo surgery, especially with the risk of sexual side effect.
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The Prostate Artery Embolization Procedure
The PAE procedure begins with a tiny incision in your upper thigh or wrist after a mild sedation medication is administered. The interventional radiologist uses this incision to insert a catheter into your arteries and guide it near your prostate. Embosphere® Microspheres, tiny round particles each about the size of a grain of sand, are injected through the catheter and into the blood vessels that feed your prostate, reducing its blood supply. By reducing the blood flow to the prostate with PAE, the prostate rapidly shrinks and allows for improvement urination without the surgical ricks.
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After Prostate Artery Embolization
Patient’s and spouses report excellent quality of life improvements and high satisfaction after PAE. In most cases relief begins to occur within days as the prostate shrinks, relieving pressure on the urethra and improving symptoms. To learn more or take a survey to see if you are a candidate, visit https://www.ask4pae.com/ or https://www.ask4pae.com/key-advantages/ or Windsong Interventional
Benefits of Prostate Artery Embolization
- Shorter hospital stay and recovery time
- Low risk of sexual side effects
- Low risk of urinary incontinence
- Shorter urinary catheterization time (may be avoided completely)
- Decreased discomfort
Expertise Critical for Successful Treatment
In order to avoid possible risks, it is important for men to understand that PAE is a challenging procedure that should only be performed by experienced and properly trained interventional radiologists possessing a strong understanding of pelvic vascular anatomy. Dr. Dunleavy is a highly skilled interventional radiologist trained in the PAE procedure. He works collaboratively with the Primary Care Provider and Urologist to offer PAE when it provides the greatest benefit. PAE is not always the right choice and medical management and surgery may also be considered.
Are You a Candidate?
Prostatic artery embolization is a proven minimally invasive procedure for men who are not satisfied with their current medications or treatment. Many are choosing PAE because they prefer not to undergo or are not a good candidate for surgery.
A visit to our interventional team can determine if you are a candidate for PAE. You may be asked how often you have urinary symptoms of BPH, the severity of the symptoms and how much they are affecting your quality of life. To learn more, visit Ask4PAW.com.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia FAQ
What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?
Men with an enlarged prostate gland have Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
Why does BPH impact urination frequency?
Although this gland is about the size of a walnut, it can increase in size. The prostate gland is found just below the bladder. It surrounds the urethra (the tube that moves urine from the bladder out of the body), which can alter the flow of urine.
Does having BPH raise my risk for prostate cancer?
BPH is not cancer and does not raise the risk for prostate cancer.
Who is at risk for BPH?
As men age they are more likely to develop an enlarged prostate. The rate of occurrence changes over a man’s lifetime with a 50% occurrence in the 60’s to nearly 90% for those aged 70-89. Black and Hispanic men are at a higher risk.
Is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia genetic?
BPH tends run in families, however conditions associated with heart disease, like diabetes, are also linked to BPH. Obesity may also increase the risk of BPH, while exercise has been shown to lower the risk.