Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive minor procedure in which our founder Dr. David Wood makes a minute incision in the wrist or groin and inserts a catheter into an artery. Image guidance is used to direct the catheter to the blood vessels adjacent to the prostate. Once the catheter has arrived at the gland, Dr. Wood places microscopic beads to block the blood flow to the prostate, which starves the cells of oxygen and causes the gland to shrink.
Benefits of prostate artery embolization
Studies have shown that prostate artery embolization is less invasive than other therapies, and very effective at relieving urine symptoms, allowing men to return to their normal lives sooner. Prostate artery embolization also involves less recovery time and side effects than traditional surgery for BPH, is performed on an outpatient basis, and requires only local anesthesia and short acting sedatives.
As Dr. Wood puts it, "What is perhaps most exciting for our patients, for the first time we have a very effective treatment option with no sexual side effects, no incontinence, and no need for urine catheters. There is no longer any need to soldier on suffering with urinary symptoms due to fear of life-changing surgical side effects."
Prostate artery embolization is a thoroughly studied, FDA-approved treatment for BPH. The treatment is covered by Medicare and by most major commercial insurance companies.
Why Choose ImageMed?
At ImageMed, Dr. David Wood is at the forefront of the latest endovascular procedures that provide an effective alternative to surgery with minimal recovery time. From Dr. Wood to our clinical staff, you will receive the quality care you deserve in a safe and comfortable environment.
ImageMed uses state of the art equipment to provide the best in patient outcomes and care. Dr. Wood is board-certified and has extensive experience using the blood vessels to target sites of disease for a variety of disorders. ImageMed is in-network with Medicare and with most major commercial insurance companies.