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Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) Frequently Asked Questions

The following are among the most frequently asked questions about benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate artery embolization (PAE).

What are the success rates for prostate artery embolization?

Prostate artery embolization (PAE) offers excellent patient outcomes. A 2017 study on PAE found that the procedure demonstrated a success rate of 90%, making it an effective treatment option for patients suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

One of the key benefits of PAE is its ability to improve urinary flow. BPH often leads to urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, weak urine flow, and the need to strain during urination. The study found PAE effectively addresses these symptoms, improving patients' urinary flow and overall quality of life.

Moreover, the study highlighted the low incidences of complications associated with PAE. A low complication rate is a significant advantage over traditional surgical treatments for BPH, which can carry a higher risk of complications. 

What is the recovery time for prostate artery embolization?

Typically, the recovery time for PAE is under one week. Most patients can resume normal daily activities within a week after the procedure. However, it is important to note that the recovery time can vary depending on multiple factors, including the patient's overall health and comorbidities.

Comorbidities, or the presence of other medical conditions besides BPH, can impact the recovery time following PAE. If a patient has underlying health issues, like diabetes or heart disease, it may take longer to fully recover from the procedure. In such cases, patients must work closely with their healthcare provider to monitor their progress and ensure a safe and effective recovery.

How long do the results from prostate artery embolization last?

Studies have shown the effects of PAE can persist for up to four years in many cases. Patients who undergo the procedure can experience relief from BPH symptoms for a significant period.

However, it is important to note that the duration of relief can vary from patient to patient. While some individuals may find relief lasting up to four years, others have reported experiencing benefits for up to ten years. This extended relief is particularly impressive considering that alternative treatments for BPH, such as medication or surgery, may require more frequent intervention or have a higher risk of complications.

What are the side effects of prostate artery embolization?

Though PAE is generally safe and well-tolerated, like any medical intervention, it does carry some potential side effects. It is important to understand these side effects before undergoing the procedure.

It is crucial to understand that while these side effects are possible, they are rare. The vast majority of patients who undergo PAE do not experience any significant complications. The benefits of PAE in alleviating BPH symptoms might outweigh the potential risks associated with the procedure.

Does prostate artery embolization cause erectile dysfunction?

Fortunately, post-procedure erectile dysfunction is extremely rare. Studies have shown that PAE has the fewest accounts of erectile dysfunction compared to other BPH-related treatments. 

In fact, many patients have reported improved erectile function after undergoing PAE. 

Who is not a good fit for prostate artery embolization?

Patients with kidney disease, contrast dye allergies, or asymptomatic BPH are not considered viable candidates for PAE.

Your doctor will require imaging tests to evaluate your PAE eligibility and ensure your safety during the procedure. Discussing your medical history and any concerns with your doctor is essential for determining the most appropriate treatment plan for your situation.

Does Medicare cover prostate artery embolization?

Medicare covers PAE and related diagnostic tests for patients enrolled in Medicare.

At Texas Prostate Institute, we partner with Medicare and most major health insurance providers.

Can I have prostate artery embolization performed more than once?

In some instances, urinary symptoms may return over time despite the initial success of the PAE procedure. In these cases, it is important to know that PAE can be safely repeated to provide additional relief.

However, it is important to highlight if the original PAE treatment did not alleviate BPH symptoms, it is generally not recommended to repeat the procedure. In such cases, alternative treatment options should be considered, and the patient should consult their healthcare provider for further guidance.

How much does prostate artery embolization cost?

The cost of PAE can differ based on individual insurance plans.

It is important to note this price is subject to change and can be influenced by numerous factors.

Please don't hesitate to contact the caring representatives at Texas Prostate Institute to discuss pricing and financing options.

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