What is Benign Prostate Hyperplasia?
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate. An enlarged prostate consequently can cause lower urinary tract symptom in men. Lower urinary tract symptoms include frequency, urgency, trouble with flow, incontinence and going to the toilet during the night. These symptoms affect more than a third of men over 50 and can seriously effect their quality of life.
How does Prostate Artery Embolisation treat BPH?
Prostate Artery Embolisation is a minimally invasive procedure which involves injecting small particles into vessels, blocking blood supply to the prostate. The decreased blood supply causes the prostate tissue to shrink and die. Prostate Artery Embolisation offers men suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) an additional non-surgical and hence safer, treatment option.
The UK’s National Health Service now recognises Prostate Artery Embolisation as a validated treatment for benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.
A trial supported by (NICE) has demonstrated PAE to be safe and effective for reducing prostate obstruction. Consequently the collaboration between interventional radiologists and urologists has lead to a major advance in treatment of BPH. The collaborative approach at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital has resulted in their own research efforts into Prostate Artery Embolisation.
Prostate Artery Embolisation available in Queensland
Wesley Medical Imaging and St Andrew’s Medical Imaging are the second most experienced providers of Prostate Artery Embolisation in Australia. Furthermore, Wesley Medical Imaging has a strong commitment to research whereby Prostate Artery Embolisation can be offered to patients through our research and clinical excellence program.
Prostate Artery Embolisation can result in significant improvement of lower urinary tract symptoms. This outcome has helped increase the quality of life of many suffering men. To discuss Prostate Artery Embolisation with an Interventional Radiologist Consultant you will require a referral from your urologist or general practitioner.
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