November brings to mind everything from a chill in the air (or snow, if you’re in Colorado) and family gatherings to warm beverages and big meals. But this month is more than just about cozying up, it’s also the time of year for one of the largest fundraisers to promote men’s health – Movember. Their primary focus is to empower men to own their health through early screening, lifestyle changes and building a community that cares. They do so by encouraging men to grow out mustaches and raise funds in the process.
Here at ECCO, we believe in empowering men with options to take control of their health, especially when it comes to the prostate. So, while our endovascular specialists won’t be growing out mustaches, they show up every day ready to address men’s health concerns. Their expertise in minimally invasive procedures gives men even more choice when it comes to treating conditions like an enlarged prostate.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
The prostate is a male organ, normally about the size of a walnut, that surrounds the urethra. In older men, the prostate can become enlarged, exerting pressure on the urethra and causing difficulties with urination. This pressure can also result in symptoms that disrupt one’s life. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms include:
- Weak or interrupted urination
- Difficulty starting or controlling urination
- Sudden, urgent needs to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination, especially at night
In some cases, especially where symptoms are mild, BPH requires no treatment. When treatment is necessary, many men will simply require daily medication(s). If this fails to completely treat the symptoms from your enlarged prostate gland, or if there are signs of damage from BPH, the doctor may recommend endoscopic surgery through the penis or traditional surgery to treat BPH.
In contrast, ECCO provides Prostate Artery Embolization, a minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed through a small needle puncture in the wrist or hip area. Nothing is inserted in the penis. (A collective sigh of relief, yes?)
Are You a PAE Candidate?
The way to find out is to make an appointment for a consultation at ECCO. Most patients are eligible for the procedure. Of course, we need to perform a full examination to make sure PAE is the most appropriate treatment. If it’s not, we’ll tell you.
ECCO Medical – 8080 Park Meadows Dr Suite 150, Lone Tree, CO 80124