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King Charles Seeks Enlarged Prostate Treatment

Posted on January 18, 2024

In the same week that we learned Princess Kate had to have stomach surgery, King Charles revealed that he will enter hospital to treat his benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH, also called an enlarged prostate.) Now, unlike Kate, who asked for privacy, King Charles was eager to share information about his condition. And, while we love the transparency, we can't help but wonder. Why would the King of England elect to have a procedure that requires an overnight hospital stay when we can treat BPH with Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE), a minimally invasive procedure that allows men to avoid overnight hospital stays!

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What causes an enlarged prostate?

BPH develops when you experience accelerated prostate cell growth that increases the size of the gland. In turn, the prostate pushes against your urethra, causing disruptive lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS.)

Now, we don't know exactly why your prostate cells start growing faster. But we do know that there's a link to increased production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). And, since men's DHT levels rise with age, BPH is a common problem for older gentleman. So, since King Charles is now 75, it's not surprising that he's seeking enlarged prostate treatment.

Enlarged Prostate Treatment Options

Some men are able to manage BPH symptoms with lifestyle changes or medications. But, not everyone will find relief from these options. In the past, that meant you'd need surgery to relieve the effects of an enlarged prostate. Today, however, there is a less invasive option that offers relief with fewer side effects and without general anasthesia or overnight hospital stays. And it's called PAE!

PAE in Texas

PAE is a minimally invasive procedure that uses catheter-based technology to access your prostate arteries. Treatment is delivered through a small incision, typically in your groin or wrist, rather than via a larger surgical incision. Once in place, we use the catheters to deliver small particles that block the blood supply to the prostate, causing it to shrink.

Compared to prostatectomy, (surgical removal of your enlarged prostate), PAE is a less traumatic treatment option with fewer side effects and a faster recovery time. Ready to see if PAE is your best enlarged prostate treatment option?

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