Prostate Artery Embolization in New Jersey

What is prostate artery embolization?

Prostate embolization is a minimally invasive procedure that treats benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also called prostate enlargement. It’s a same-day procedure so you can return home afterwards.

When might I need prostate embolization?

You might need prostate embolization if BPH causes troublesome symptoms such as: 

  • Increased urinary frequency
  • Increased urinary urgency
  • Weak urine stream
  • Urine dribbling after you’ve already urinated
  • Difficulty fully emptying your bladder 
  • Discomfort during urination

Before scheduling a prostate embolization, you’ll need a full workup, such as urinalysis, digital rectal exam, prostate gland imaging, and possibly a test to rule out prostate cancer to make sure this procedure is right for you.

What Can I Expect During the PAE Procedure? 

During a prostate artery embolization (PAE) procedure, you can typically expect the following steps:

  • Preparation: You will be instructed to avoid eating or drinking for a specific period before the procedure. The medical team will review your medical history and perform necessary pre-procedure tests.
  • Anesthesia: PAE is usually performed under local anesthesia. Sometimes, sedation may be provided to help you relax during the procedure.
  • Catheter insertion: A thin, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into an artery, typically in the groin area. This allows the interventional radiologist to guide the catheter to the arteries supplying blood to the prostate.
  • Embolization: Small particles are injected through the catheter into the blood vessels to block or reduce blood flow to the prostate. This process is intended to shrink the prostate and relieve urinary symptoms.
  • Monitoring & recovery: After the embolization is complete, the catheter is removed, and pressure is applied to the insertion site to prevent bleeding. You will then be moved to a recovery area for observation.
  • Post-procedure care: You will be given specific instructions on post-procedure care, which may include limitations on physical activities, medication guidelines, and follow-up appointments.

Recovery time can vary, but most patients can expect to go home the same day. It's important to attend follow-up appointments as scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure that the treatment is effective.

Contact us at (877) 595-9512 to schedule a full workup and prostate embolization appointment in New Jersey. 



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Commonly Asked Questions

What are the benefits of choosing prostate artery embolization over traditional surgical methods?

Prostate artery embolization (PAE) offers several benefits compared to traditional surgical methods for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is a minimally invasive procedure, which means it involves less risk, reduced pain, and a shorter recovery time. Patients can usually return home the same day, avoiding a hospital stay. Additionally, PAE has a lower risk of sexual dysfunction post-procedure, a concern for many patients. This treatment is an excellent option for those seeking a less invasive alternative with a quick return to daily activities.

How long does recovery from prostate artery embolization typically take?

Recovery from prostate artery embolization is relatively quick compared to traditional surgery. Most patients can expect to go home on the same day of the procedure. While individual recovery times may vary, many patients report significant symptom improvement within a few days to a couple of weeks. It's crucial to follow the post-procedure care instructions provided by the medical team and attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure a smooth recovery and the effectiveness of the treatment.

Is prostate artery embolization a safe procedure?

Prostate artery embolization is considered a safe and effective treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is a minimally invasive procedure with fewer risks than traditional surgery. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and complications are rare. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects, which your doctor will discuss with you in detail. It's important to choose a reputable medical facility in New Jersey with experienced interventional radiologists to ensure the highest safety standards.

What symptoms indicate that I might be a candidate for prostate artery embolization?

If you're experiencing symptoms such as increased urinary frequency, urgency, a weak urine stream, dribbling after urination, difficulty fully emptying your bladder, or discomfort during urination, you might be a candidate for prostate artery embolization. These symptoms are often associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). A full workup, including urinalysis, digital rectal exam, and prostate gland imaging, is necessary to determine if this procedure is suitable for you. Contact our New Jersey office to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive evaluation.

Can prostate artery embolization help with frequent nighttime urination?

Yes, prostate artery embolization can help with frequent nighttime urination, a condition known as nocturia. This symptom is common in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) due to the enlarged prostate pressing against the urethra and bladder. By reducing the size of the prostate through embolization, patients often experience relief from nocturia and other urinary symptoms. If nighttime urination is affecting your quality of life, consider scheduling an appointment at our New Jersey clinic for an evaluation to see if PAE is right for you.

How does prostate embolization work?

During the procedure, the team creates a tiny incision in your groin. They use a specialized type of X-ray guidance to locate the specific blood vessels that deliver blood to your prostate gland. 

Then, they inject many microscopic plastic beads to block part of the blood supplying your prostate gland. The team then moves to the other side of your body to treat the blood vessels supplying that part of your prostate gland. They often use the same incision to treat both halves of your prostate gland.

What are the advantages of prostate embolization?

Prostate embolization can dramatically relieve the troublesome symptoms of BPH. The procedure requires just a tiny groin incision and only intravenous sedation — a sharp contrast to surgeries that typically require large incisions, general anesthesia, and significant downtime. 

Some BPH treatments, like transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), carry an increased risk of sexual side-effects like erectile dysfunction. Prostate embolization has less side-effects and a lower risk of complications than TURP.  Some men may even experience improved sexual function once prostate embolization takes full effect.

How long does it take for prostate embolization to work?

Prostate embolization results usually take a couple of weeks to appear, and then the symptoms continue to improve over the next three or four months as the prostate steadily shrinks. The procedure won’t eliminate your prostate gland; it merely helps it return to a healthier size.


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