Minneapolis Vein Center
Interventional Radiologists & Vein Specialists located in Plymouth, MN
WHAT IS PAE?
Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is a new, minimally invasive, procedure to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in men with enlarged prostates due to benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).
PAE is an emerging procedure in the United States that has been studied extensively in Europe. While not yet endorsed as first line treatment by the American Urological Association, it provides another option for men with larger prostates.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS PAE?
It is very effective with similar outcomes to minimally invasive surgical therapies.
It is almost as effective as gold standard transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) without many of the sexual side effects.
It is an outpatient procedure with reduced recovery time compared to TURP or open surgery.
HOW IS PAE PERFORMED?
PAE is performed by injecting small particles, called embolic agents, into the arteries that supply blood to the prostate. The embolic agents block the flow of blood to the prostate, causing the gland to shrink and relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PAE?
- Non-surgical: PAE is a less invasive alternative to traditional surgical options for BPH treatment, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
- Quick recovery: PAE typically results in a faster recovery time compared to surgery, with many patients able to return to their normal activities within a few days.
- Reduced risk of complications: PAE has a lower risk of complications compared to surgical options for BPH treatment, such as bleeding and incontinence.
- Improved symptoms: PAE has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms associated with BPH, including urinary frequency, urgency, and weak urine flow.
WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?
You can see a list at Our list of accepted insurance plans here