Minimally Invasive

Only a tiny needle puncture in the skin is needed

Faster Recovery

Recovery is typically just a couple of days

Fewer Side Effects

Lower risk of urinary and sexual side effects

The Prostate Artery Embolization Advantage

Discover why men are choosing this FDA-approved alternative to TURP for treating an enlarged prostate.

If you’ve been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), you may have been told that TURP surgery is your only treatment option. However, did you know that prostate artery embolization (PAE), a non-surgical, FDA-approved alternative to TURP, is being used to successfully treat enlarged prostates?

Treating BPH with Interventional Radiology

What is Prostate Artery Embolization?

Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is an interventional radiology treatment for BPH that offers a lower risk of urinary incontinence and sexual side effects compared to surgery. PAE works by reducing the blood supply to the prostate, causing it to shrink.

The procedure is performed by interventional radiologists — doctors specially trained to do minimally invasive vascular procedures, such as angioplasty and embolization, to treat a variety of conditions.

During PAE, a doctor positions a catheter through a small needle puncture in the leg and into the blood vessels that supply the prostate using X-ray guidance. Once positioned, tiny microsphere particles are slowly released to slow the blood supply to the prostate. Following this procedure the prostate will begin to shrink.

Faster Recovery. Greater Comfort.

Recovery from embolization is much faster than invasive surgery because there is no incision to heal or stitches to be removed. The risk of bleeding and complications is lower than with invasive surgery.

Patients who undergo PAE have reported high satisfaction, no urinary incontinence, or sexual side effects. Minor side effects include frequent and/or difficult urination, pelvic pain, blood in the urine, blood in the stool and diarrhea. Most of these side effects resolve on their own in a few days.

Compare that to TURP, which usually requires 3 and 6 weeks to recover, and a catheter is left in place for 2 to 3 days. Complications and risks include excessive bleeding, retrograde ejaculation, and impotence.

Why Choose Advantage IR?

Advantage IR is at the forefront of the latest Interventional Radiology procedures that provide an effective alternative to surgery with minimal recovery time. From our doctors to our clinical staff, you will receive the quality care you deserve in a safe and comfortable environment.

Advantage IR uses state of the art equipment to provide the best in patient outcomes and care. All of our interventional radiologists are board-certified and have extensive experience and success using these minimally invasive techniques to treat patients with a variety of disorders.

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Patient Success Stories

Hear what others are saying about Advantage IR

My results have been fantastic!

As a former surgical tech, James already knew that he wasn't interested in TURP surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). When the time came for him to deal with this condition, he was happy to discover that prostate artery embolization (PAE) could treat BPH without the sexual side effects associated with TURP. It's been a year since his procedure and he would highly recommend it to others.

This is the better option.

After considering different options, both Michael his urologist determined that receiving prostate artery embolization (PAE) from Advantage IR would be the best approach for treating his BPH. Michael says his experience at Advantage IR was great, and he was very impressed with the quick recovery time. Overall, he considers PAE to be less intrusive and a better option to surgery.

PAE Webinar

Watch this webinar to learn more about the PAE procedure.

PAE: An Exciting New Treatment for BPH

Watch this webinar to find out more about how this new outpatient procedure is performed and how it works to reduce an enlarged prostate without sexual side effects. Here's what you'll learn...

  • Pros and cons of traditional BPH treatment options.
  • How prostate artery embolization (PAE) works.
  • Why PAE is becoming the preferred way to treat BPH.
  • Results from the most recent PAE research.