Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is an excellent treatment option for all the problems that BPH causes. These include 1) lower urinary tract symptoms (aka "LUTS") such as weak stream, urgency, and getting up at night; 2) gross hematuria, meaning bleeding from the prostate into the urine; and 3) urinary retention, when the prostate blockage is so bad that the patient can't urinate at all, and is dependent on a urinary catheter.
At Yale, we have built one of the largest and most successful PAE practices in the country. We are now going about publishing our results! Here is the first key PAE paper we wrote, published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, about our experience using PAE to treat LUTS. We had great results, as good as the best results that are published out there. PAE is a great procedure! We have more publications to come about PAE for hematuria and urinary retention...
Dr. Raj Ayyagari is a board-certified interventional radiologist based in Boston, Massachusetts, who specializes in minimally invasive procedures of the genitourinary system.