A minimally invasive option for an Enlarged Prostate Diagnosis
An enlarged prostate, also referred to as Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition that affects men as they age. The likelihood of developing an enlarged prostate gland increases once men reach their 50’s. More than half of all men in their 60’s and as many as 90% aged 70-89 years have symptoms of BPH.
Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate
As the prostate gets bigger, it may constrict or partly block the urethra, causing lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) such as:
- Frequent urinating throughout the day
- Waking more than 2 times a night to urinate
- Dribbling at the end of urinating
- Difficulty starting or the Inability to urinate
- Half empty or Incomplete emptying of bladder
- Straining to urinate or weak urine stream
- A sudden uncontrollable urge to urinate
Prostatic Artery Embolization may be your answer
Current traditional treatments such as Medications or major Surgery (called Transurerthral Resection of the Prostate or TURP), all come with side effects that can be unpleasant or life disrupting. Medications often affect muscle in the urethra leading to Erectile dysfunction, as well as symptoms such as feeling light-headed or fatigued.
Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive treatment that helps improve lower urinary tract symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate. This treatment has a much lower risk of the sexual side effects such as retrograde ejaculation or erectile dysfunction which can occur from surgery. Unlike traditional surgical treatment, PAE is an outpatient treatment. Which means patients will not have to stay in the Hospital and can go home the same day. Our talented Interventional Radiologists at Winchester Radiologists perform this treatment in the comfort of our IR Clinic in Winchester VA.
Winchester Radiologists are here to help you
Your Quality Of Life Is Important
For some patients, symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate can interfere with sleep, further reducing their quality of life.
Although BPH can have serious complications, it is not a cancer and is considered a normal part of the aging process for men. Although if left untreated it can lead to other health problems dealing with the bladder, urinary tract or kidneys. Surprisingly research shows that the amount of prostate enlargement is not directly related to the severity of the symptoms.
The international Prostate Symptom Score Questionnaire was developed to measure the severity of your BPH symptoms. Your score is not meant to provide medical advice or replace your doctor’s expert opinion and care. Only your doctor can diagnose whether or not you have BPH and assess your individual condition. There are other conditions that can cause urinary symptoms besides BPH.
Is PAE right for you? Take the quiz and find out.