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How Long Does Prostate Artery Embolization Last?

Posted on February 21, 2024

Prostatic artery embolization is an FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment for an enlarged prostate. It can relieve lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), without the risk for sexual side effects or other serious complications. But how long does prostate artery embolization last? Here's what you need to know.

What is PAE?

The PAE procedure deposits tiny particles via catheter to inhibit blood flow to your prostate. Once blood flow no longer reaches your enlarged prostate, it begins to shrink, relieving LUTS. During the procedure, you'll be under moderate sedation, so you will be comfortable while avoiding general anesthesia like with traditional surgery. In all, the PAE procedure lasts about two hours. And, since it's done in an outpatient setting, you can also avoid overnight hospital stays.

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Results: How long does prostate artery embolization last?

Study results presented at last year's Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting revealed that1000 North American patients who underwent PAE reported sustained LUTS relief for up to six years.

In announcing his results, senior study author Dr. Shivank Bhatia said, "Our study shows that PAE is a highly effective treatment whose long-term outcomes include sustained LUTS relief and significant improvement in quality of life."

And, he notes, this information is important since, "Of 18 million men in the U.S. eligible for BPH treatment, many avoid all treatments because of the widely known risks of surgery, particularly sexual side effects and leakage. PAE avoids these risks while achieving long-term positive clinical outcomes."

Ready to see if PAE is your key to long-lasting LUTS relief? Click here to request an appointment at the Texas Prostate Institute. When you come in, we'll review your procedure candidacy!

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