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New BPH Treatment Options Include Minimally Invasive PAE

Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a breakthrough treatment for BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, that is helping men overcome their symptoms while significantly reducing the risk of side effects associated with major surgery. Tampa General Hospital is proud to be among the first hospitals in the nation to offer PAE.

During PAE, a surgeon carefully feeds a catheter through an artery in the left wrist to insert tiny beads into the vessels responsible for carrying blood to the prostate. This reduced blood flow decreases the size of the prostate 30 to 50 percent, relieving pressure on the urethra and improving urinary function. Unlike traditional transurethral surgeries, PAE is performed on an outpatient basis under light sedation. Patients are in and out of the hospital in less than six hours and can return to everyday activities within 2-3 days with the help of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medications. PAE is an ideal treatment for men who have a significantly enlarged prostate or a prostate size that is considered higher risk for traditional prostate surgery.

Because PAE is a minimally invasive procedure, men who are not healthy enough to undergo traditional surgery may be able to benefit from this innovative BPH treatment. An ideal candidate for PAE:

  • Does not have active prostate cancer
  • Has a significantly enlarged prostate or a prostate size that is considered higher risk for traditional transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
  • Has moderate to severe BPH symptoms that negatively impact quality of life 
  • Has tried more conservative BPH treatment options, such as medication, without success

Tampa General offers patients a full array of diagnostics as well as this revolutionary BPH treatment and care from a multispecialty team. If you would like to discuss your candidacy for PAE at Tampa General Hospital, please contact our PAE program coordinator at (813) 539-5995. You can get evaluated for candidacy by completing and submitting our online form.