Prostatic Hyperplasia Specialist

ImageMed

David L Wood, M.D.

Board Certified Interventional Radiologist located in Scottsdale, AZ

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a prevalent men’s health condition that affects almost all men as they age. At ImageMed in Scottsdale, Arizona, double board-certified interventional radiologist David Wood, MD, provides minimally invasive prostate artery embolization to reduce your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Call ImageMed today or schedule a consultation online to find out how Dr. Wood can treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Prostatic Hyperplasia Q & A

What is benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the clinical term for an enlarged prostate. Your prostate has two growth cycles. The first begins when you reach puberty and your prostate doubles in size. Then around the age of 25, your prostate begins to grow again. The second growth phase is much more gradual and continues for the rest of your life. As your prostate continues to grow, it can compress your urethra and cause a variety of uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms. 

What are the warning signs of BPH?

BPH causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. Some of the most common signs of benign prostatic hyperplasia include:

  • Feeling like your bladder is full, even if you’ve just urinated
  • Strong urges to urinate
  • Weak urine flow
  • Trouble starting urination
  • Needing to strain to urinate

In advanced stages, benign prostatic hyperplasia can stop you from urinating at all. If this happens, go to your nearest emergency room for immediate medical attention. 

When should I be evaluated for BPH?

If you develop benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms, schedule an appointment right away. Not only can you reduce your symptoms and maintain your quality of life when you start treatment early, but BPH causes many of the same symptoms as prostate cancer. The earlier you get a diagnosis and start treatment for either condition, the better chances you have of a successful outcome. 

How is benign prostatic hyperplasia treated?

Dr. Wood offers prostate artery embolization, a minimally invasive procedure that blocks blood flow to your prostate, which starves the cells of oxygen and makes the gland shrink. Prostate artery embolization is an outpatient procedure with low risk, no sexual side effects, and no need for a bladder catheter. 

During your procedure, Dr. Wood makes a tiny nick in your groin and uses special X-rays to guide a vascular catheter to the blood vessels near your prostate. When the catheter is in place, he injects tiny beads into the blood vessels to block the blood flow to your prostate. 

You can go home to rest after your treatment and return to work within a few days. As your prostate shrinks, your symptoms should subside. Minimally invasive prostate artery embolization is safer, less painful, and requires a shorter recovery time than traditional treatments for an enlarged prostate. 

Call ImageMed today or make an appointment online to learn more about prostate artery embolization for BPH and find out if it’s right for you.