Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is known as a minimally invasive treatment for enlarged prostate, which is known to offer satisfactory improvement in most cases. PAE actually has a statistical success rate of up to 80%, and is considered to be one of the best treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which is the most common noncancerous disease affecting men who suffer from an enlarged prostate.
Although PAE is known to be safe and minimally invasive, there are some side effects that could occur in rare cases. These might include the experience of “post-PAE syndrome” for a few days during recovery, which typically features symptoms like nausea and vomiting, pelvic pain, fever and frequent urination of which there is treatment for frequent urination issues. Some other risks could also include hematoma, bladder spasms and infections.
To prevent such issues it’s very important to talk to a qualified interventional radiologist before beginning your benign prostatic hyperplasia treatment. Make sure to ask questions about the procedure and about how high your risk of developing any of the aforementioned side effects could be. Your radiologist will likely have to perform some tests and have access to your medical history before providing you with the right answers.
Based on the results of the tests and what your interventional radiologist might observe during the appointments, they will be able to advise as to whether PAE is the right treatment for you or not.