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Prostate Artery Embolization


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Prostate Artery Embolization

What is Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)

PAE is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure for treatment of BPH.  The procedure is performed through a catheter smaller than 1/16” through the artery in the groin.

Who gets PAE?

Prostate artery embolization(PAE) is a promising new procedure for patients suffering from symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). 

How is it performed?

PAE is performed through the common femoral artery in the groin and a small catheter is directed to the tiny arteries that feed the prostate.  Microscopic particles are then used to block of the blood supply to the prostate (called embolization).  The procedure is performed under light sedation and a foley (urinary) catheter is typically only required for 3-5 hours.  Total time in the hospital is about 6 hours and patients are discharged home with anti-inflammatories, narcotic pain medication and antibiotics.

What is the recovery time?

Post-procedure symptoms typically last about 1-3 days and include pain during urination, mild pain at the base of the penis and possibly a small amount of blood in the urine/stool. 

Are there risks of erectile dysfunction?

Recent research studies evaluating the risks have shown no risk of erectile dysfunction and less than 1% of serious complications.  Some patients have actually had improvement in their erectile dysfunction in some studies.

What is the evaluation process?

Prior to performing the procedure all patients must have to have a recent appointment with a urologist to evaluate for signs of prostate cancer and assure the patient’s symptoms are caused by prostate enlargement.  Several diseases involving the urethra and the bladder can mimic symptoms of BPH which will not be improved with prostate artery embolization.  If you have not had those tests recently, we may request you have an appointment with a collaborating urologist at Tampa General Hospital to assure we feel you are a good candidate. 

How do I get started on the evaluation process?

Step #1: Complete and submit the “Patient Forms” located within the “Patient Forms” link above. Note: When finished, the forms will automatically be submitted to the physicians at FIS for review

Step #2: Once your medical history is received, the physicians at FIS will review your information.  The staff at FIS will contact you if additional information is needed

Step #3: Once your medical history has been reviewed to assess if you are a candidate for the PAE procedure, a team member from FIS will contact you within 3 business days from the date of receipt.

If you print the forms to fill out please fax the completed forms to (813) 844-4032 or email to PAE@tgh.org.  If you have any questions please call (813) 844-5072 or our main line at (813) 844-4570.