Prostate artery embolization

An enlarged prostate gland or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common affliction amongst men over 50 years old, with the probability of suffering ever increasing with advancing age.

Surgery should always be a last resort and there are proven ways to treat the condition without resorting to surgery. A good option is our beta-sitosterol based Prostamax which has a much better effect than saw palmetto.

However, sometimes the reality is that surgery becomes a necessary option. The good news is that a new and much less invasive surgical option is now being developed called prostate artery embolization (PAE).

During PAE a catheter is inserted into an artery and guided to the blood vessels on both sides of the enlarged prostate gland. Microscopic beads are deposited to block the blood flow to specific areas of the prostate. This stops the flow of blood and oxygen to the prostate gland resulting in it shrinking.

Extremely high success rates seem to prove that this is a viable surgical option but it is not for everyone. Those who smoke or have arterial or cardiovascular issues may not be suitable for it.

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