There’s no doubt that technological advances have completely changed the healthcare scene. From imaging to recovery, these advancements have transformed once invasive procedures into outpatient treatments. Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is one such advancement that our own Dr. Nutting brought to Colorado after honing his technique in South America and Europe.
In this video sponsored by GE Healthcare, joined by Professor Francisco Carnevale and Dr. Ari Isaacson , Dr. Nutting discusses different aspects of PAE including identifying and catheterizing the prostate, the evolution of the therapy and the future of PAE.
Read on for more information regarding PAE and how ECCO uses it to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH.
PAE and ECCO
Here at ECCO, we use PAE to treat BPH (an enlarged prostate), which impacts 50-60% of men in their sixties. Although the enlarged tissue in the prostate is non-cancerous, it can obstruct the lower urinary tract and cause a variety of issues.
Symptoms of BPH
- Weak or interrupted urination
- Difficulty starting or controlling urination
- Sudden, urgent needs to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination, especially at night
How ECCO Treats BPH
In the past, many of the treatments available to men with BPH have been surgical in nature. But now, the PAE procedure is minimally invasive, requires no general anesthesia, and occurs in our office-based laboratory on an outpatient basis. No hospital stay required. PAE has extremely low complication rates, with no reports of negative effects on sexual function. The procedure itself is so gentle that it requires almost no recovery time, and patients often report symptom relief within two to three weeks.
Click here to learn more about the prostate, BPH and PAE. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, give us a call.