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Prostate Artery Embolization for BPH

You Don’t Have to Live with Urinary Problems.

A Breakthrough Procedure.

As men age, they often begin to experience urinary issues that can cause embarrassment, loss of sleep, and more. Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a new treatment option for men with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) – also known as an enlarged prostate gland – that often causes the urinary issues.  More than 50% of men in their 60’s, and 90% of men age 70-89 have BPH symptoms.

As you can see from this illustration, the prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body.  A normal prostate is about the size of  walnut, but as men age nearly all experience enlargement of the gland.   As the prostate gets bigger, it may squeeze or partly block the urethra. This often causes problems associated with urinating.

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A Superior Alternative in Most Cases to:

  • Prostatectomy
  • Aquablation
  • Urolift
  • TURP

All of these procedures are substantially more invasive than PAE (which is done through a tiny puncture at the top of the leg) and most of these procedures also can have sexual side effects.  In larger prostates only Prostatectomy is an option, which has a much higher rate of sexual side effects than PAE.


An enlarged prostate often constricts the flow of urine. Nerves within the prostate and bladder may also play a role in causing the following common symptoms:

  • Urinary frequency
  • Urinary urgency
  • Frequent nighttime urination
  • Difficulty initiating the urinary stream
  • Weak stream
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • The need strain or push to initiate and maintain urination
  • Dribbling
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During the PAE procedure, Dr. Gropper inserts a tiny catheter into either the radial artery at the wrist, or the femoral artery at the top of the leg and guides it to the prostate artery on both sides of the enlarged prostate gland. Once positioned next to the prostate, the catheter is used to deliver microscopic spheres to block blood flow, causing the prostate to shrink, and dramatically reducing symptoms.


The procedure is performed in-office under mild sedation, and the patient goes home a few hours later.  Recovery is easy with symptoms improvement often noted within 2 weeks.

Questionnaire issues-treatments

IPSS: Score

0 to 7 points: Mild symptoms
8 to 18 points: Moderate symptoms
20 to 35 points: Severe symptoms

What is my International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS)?

The IPSS is a questionnaire you can use to help you understand the severity of your BPH symptoms.

Over the past month, how often have you had a sensation of not emptying your bladder completely after you finished urinating?
Over the past month, how often have you had to urinate again less than 2 hours after you finished urinating?
Over the past month, how often have you found you stopped and started again several times when you urinated?
Over the past month, how often have you found it difficult to postpone urination?
Over the past month, how often have you had a weak urinary stream?
Over the past month, how often have you had to push or strain to begin urination?
Over the past month, how many times did you most typically get up to urinate from the time you went to bed at night until the time you got up in the morning?
Total Criteria Point Count:
Print IPSS Score to Discuss with your Physician
IPSS Score
0-7 Points: Mild Symptoms
8-19 Points: Moderate Symptoms
20-35 Points: Severe symptoms

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