Once diagnosed, Gold standard treatment for benign prostate hyperplasia is transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) or open prostatectomy (OP). Recently, there has been increased interest and research in less invasive alternative treatments with less morbidity procedure by name prostate artery embolization (PAE). PAE, is an effective alternative to surgery.
Prostate artery embolization, a minimally invasive treatment. When a man has BPH, his prostate gland grows larger. During PAE, a small puncture is made in the groin and a catheter inserted into the groin. Using image guidance, the catheter is directed to the blood vessels on both sides of the enlarged prostate gland. Microscopic beads are used to block blood flow to specific areas of the prostate, shrinking the gland and alleviating urinary problems. With the help of cone beam CT, successful delivery of micro beads to the target vessels is ensured and the non-target embolization can be avoided. The procedure is performed by a specialist called an Interventional Radiologist.