Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)

Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) Kansas City

A Minimally Invasive Procedure

At Clarity Care, we are proud to offer prostate artery embolization (PAE), a minimally invasive procedure performed by our skilled physicians in an office setting. A proven method for providing symptom relief and improving urinary flow rates in many patients, PAE has been shown to be particularly effective in patients with moderate to severe benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms.

What is enlarged prostate?

An enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition among men, particularly as they age. The prevalence of BPH increases with age and it is estimated that over 50 percent of men in their sixties and up to 90 percent of men in their seventies and eighties will have some degree of prostate enlargement.

Prostate Artery Embolization

Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate

Symptoms of an enlarged prostate may include frequent urination, urinary retention (the inability to completely empty the bladder), and urinary tract infections. Many of these symptoms can also be associated with other conditions, including urinary tract infections, prostate cancer, or bladder dysfunction. For this reason, it is crucial to consult with a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis.

Symptoms of Enlarged Prostater

Prostate Artery Embolization: Step by Step

Benefits of Prostate Artery Embolization

Compared to traditional surgical options, prostate artery embolization (PAE) is less invasive, has a lower risk of complications, requires shorter hospital stays, and offers a quicker recovery time. The choice of procedure for an enlarged prostate depends on several factors, however, including the severity of symptoms, prostate size, patient age, overall health, and patient preferences.


Benefits of Prostate Artery Embolization

What to Expect After Prostate Artery Embolization

After a prostate artery embolization (PAE), you will be monitored for a few hours to ensure that there are no complications, and then you can return home. Following PAE, you will have follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider to assess the effectiveness of the procedure and to monitor any changes in symptoms.

Questions? We have answers.

How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed?
An enlarged prostate can be diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests, such as urinalysis, prostate specific antigen test, or ultrasound.
What are the risk factors for developing benign prostatic hyperplasia?
There are several risk factors that may contribute to the likelihood of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), such as:
  • Age. BPH is more common in men as they age, specifically past age 60.
  • Family History. A family history of BPH or prostate problems increased the risk of developing BPH. If a close family member, such as a brother or father suffers from BPH, the risk is greater.
  • Hormonal Changes. Hormonal imbalances, especially those related to testosterone and estrogen, may play a role in the development of BPH.
  • Obesity. Excess weight and body fat may alter hormone levels and contribute to BPH.
  • Ethnicity. BPH is more common in certain ethnic groups, such as Black men, who may experience BPH at an earlier age, and experience more severe symptoms.
  • Lifestyle Factors. Certain lifestyle factors may increase the risk of BPH, including a sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical activity, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking.
Are there risks associated with prostate artery embolization?
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) offers innumerable benefits, is considered safe, and is associated with a low rate of complications. Like any medical procedure, however, there are inherent risks involved. Potential minor complications of PAE include urinary tract infection, urinary retention, and blood in the urine. Most of these are temporary and can be easily managed. Major risks, which are extremely rare but can occur, include bladder or rectal injury.
Are there alternatives to prostate artery embolization?
If you are considering prostate artery embolization (PAE), there are alternative methods of procedure that you may consider:

Alternative 1 >> No Procedure. If the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are mild and not significantly affecting quality of life, a "watchful waiting" approach may be recommended. This involves regular monitoring of symptoms and prostate size without active procedure.

Alternative 2 >> Medications. There are several medications available to treat BPH, which can relax the prostate and improve urine flow.

Alternative 3 >> Minimally Invasive Procedures.There are multiple transurethral procedures for BPH, including microwave thermography, needle ablation, and laser therapy.

Alternative 4 >> Surgery. In severe cases of BPH, surgical intervention may be necessary, such as transurethral resection, in which excess prostate tissue is removed, enucleation of the prostate and open prostatectomy.

The choice of procedure depends on various factors and should be discussed with your healthcare provider, who can provide guidance based on individual circumstances and preferences.
Will insurance cover prostate artery embolization?
Insurance coverage for prostate artery embolization (PAE) can vary depending on the specific insurance plan and the policies of the insurance provider. Before undergoing PAE, Clarity Care's knowledgeable staff can work with you and your insurance company to review coverage details, including preauthorization requirements, necessary documentation, and potential out of pocket costs.
Where is Clarity Care located?

Clarity Care Imaging & Specialty Care is at 9040 Quivira Road in Lenexa, Kansas. Our center is conveniently located just north of Oak Park Mall with easy access from much of the Kansas City area including Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Merriam, Mission, Leawood and Prairie Village.

Why choose Clarity Care for your procedure?
Clarity Care's subspecialized physicians are board-certified with years of experience in image-guided minimally invasive procedures, offering innovative solutions to a list of conditions and diseases that today can be managed in a convenient, more affordable setting.

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The Clarity Care Imaging & Specialty Care office is conveniently located at 9040 Quivira Road in Lenexa, Kansas. Our center is just north of Oak Park Mall with easy access from much of the Kansas City area including Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Merriam, Mission, Leawood and Prairie Village.


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