Is Prostatic Artery Embolization Right For You?

Dealing with the symptoms of an enlarged prostate can be frustrating and often lead to the need for medical attention. Millions of men in the United States struggle with these conditions. Unfortunately, most men are told they need surgery and not made aware that advances in medical treatment provide non-surgical options that can be just as effective. Prostatic artery embolization is one such treatment.

Dr. Michelle Maneevese specializes in treating the symptoms of an enlarged prostate with non-surgical procedures. At Access Vascular Health, our vascular radiology specialists have used prostatic embolization to treat hundreds of patients. Call to schedule an appointment with our experienced men’s health specialist and go over your options.

What Is Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE)?

Men over 50 are at risk for developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate. This condition can cause significant pain in the abdominal region and cause urinary complications. While many medical treatments for BPH are available, they vary in effectiveness.

Prostate artery embolization (PAE) treatment is one of the least invasive ways to reduce prostate swelling and alleviate pain. This interventional radiology therapy obstructs the prostate’s blood supply by injecting microscopic spheres into the arteries. This method causes the gland to shrink and regulates urination patterns.

At Access Vascular Health, we provide PAE treatment in a clean and safe facility with x-ray technology that allows us to identify problems in your anatomy and administer treatment effectively.

Dr. Maneevese is the foremost expert in prostate artery embolization. She performed more PAE treatments successfully than any other physician in the Southern United States. If BPH is reducing your quality of life, Dr. Maneevese can help.

Do I Need Prostate Artery Embolization?

Mild symptoms of BPH don’t typically require PAE treatment. In these cases, alpha-blocking medication and stress-reducing lifestyle changes may be the best approach. However, many who manage this condition may experience:

  • A constant need to urinate
  • Pain while urinating
  • Straining while trying to empty the bladder
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Trouble sleeping

If these symptoms cause you physical or emotional distress, prostate artery embolization may be right for you.

Dr. Maneevese will discuss your medical history and conduct a thorough physical to rule out other underlying medical conditions. She will use this information to offer a diagnosis and a PAE treatment plan for recovery.

What Should I Expect During Treatment?

Prostate artery embolization is a minimally invasive procedure administered through a small catheter. This outpatient treatment typically takes no more than three hours and does not require a general anesthetic. Dr. Maneevese will ensure you feel comfortable before proceeding with the treatment.

Your prostate should reduce in size in the weeks following treatment. You should be able to observe noticeable improvements in your urination habits during this time. Prostate artery embolizations come with very few risks and, in some cases, may even enhance other areas of your health. For example, some patients who received PAE report that the treatment improved their sexual function and confidence.

Dr. Maneevese may recommend a follow-up a week or two after the procedure to monitor your progress.