New BPH Treatment for enlarged prostate: Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) at UNC Health Care

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Video production & copyright: Charles Burke, MD, Division Chief, UNC Vascular Interventional Radiology Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) is performed to help improve urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), without the risk of sexual side effects. An enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is the most common noncancerous prostate problem, occurring in most men by the time they reach their 60s. Symptoms of BPH can include slow, interrupted, or weak urinary stream; urgency with leaking or dribbling; and frequent urination, especially at night. Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) is a cutting-edge procedure performed to help improve urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate without the risk of sexual side effects. Originally developed in Europe and South America, this procedure is now being studied in the United States. UNC Interventional Radiology in the UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care is excited to be contributing to this research.

I have not yet gotten a CTA or pelvic MRI to determine reduced size, or to find out why I'm still having some difficulty urinating
Jeff Burtle
This procedure is where my hope for relief currently lies.
My UI doctor chuckled at me when I mentioned this!?  Where can I get this done? I got blue cross
Can the person who uploaded this video answer questions?  (1) Does all blood supply to the prostate cease, and if so, does the gland atrophy, and how does it not turn gangrenous? (2) What if an acute infection develops in the prostate down the road, how would Cipro or some other ABx reach the gland to treat the infection? (3) If PAE fails, can the patient be treated with some other procedure later, such as HoLEP, TURP, etc.? (4) How many PAEs have been performed thus far and how does this compare to the procedures mentioned above? (5) Can this be done on any size prostate?  Thank you.
Johnny Knoxville
i may swing buy for a quick procedure.
Chuck P
I had a PAE on Sept. 10th, 2014.  Before the PAE I was getting up nightly to the bathroom on average of 4 times nightly.  After the PAE Iam still continuing to get up 4 times nightly.  My interventional radiologist only went in thru my femaral artery on my right side.  How come he didn't go in on the left side as well?????
I had PAE done at UNC Memorial Hospital on Oct 6 2016. Dr Ari Isaacson performed the procedure. It went very well and I am looking forward to positive changes with in the next few months. I highly recommend UNC for this breakthrough alternative to more radical surgery.
aseel hamza
thank You for showing this :) wondering what the program that you used for the intro at 00:05 & what is the name of the Template :)?
Chuck P
Iam now scheduled for a "Urolift Procedure" in mid July.  What do you think of the Urolift procedure???