Radiologists at Wesley Medical Imaging have pioneered Prostate Artery Embolisation (PAE) treatment in collaboration with Wesley Urologists as an effective alternative to medical therapy for enlarged prostate sufferers, that may also delay the need for surgery.
What Is PAE
Prostate Artery Embolisation (PAE) is a minimally invasive treatment offered by Radiologists at both the Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane.
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate, can cause unwanted lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) such as urinary frequency, urgency, passing urine more often (particularly at night), weakened stream and incomplete bladder emptying. These symptoms can have a significant impact on the quality of your life as well as cause severe discomfort.
Previously, medication and surgery were the only treatments available to relieve LUTS caused by BPH, and weren’t without unwanted side effects. PAE provides a minimally invasive alternative to help relieve the disabling symptoms. The procedure works by reducing or stopping blood flow to the vessels that supply the central part of the prostatic tissue, shrinking and softening the prostate and reducing pressure on the bladder and urethra.
About the PAE Trials
The PAE trials, an Australian first clinical trial, paved the way for the introduction of this new minimally-invasive procedure to treat prostate enlargement, and to date, over 50 patients have undergone PAE at the Wesley Hospital and St Andrews War Memorial Hospital.
UCMI’s Dr Nick Brown was recently interviewed about PAE on Channel 7 News.
A major advancement in prostate treatment is set to transform the lives of thousands of Queensland men. New imaging has seen invasive surgery replaced by a revolutionary, but simple procedure. www.7plus.com.au/news#7News
Posted by 7 News Brisbane on Friday, 1 March 2019
Collaboration the Key
Whilst UCMI radiologists undertake the procedure, in a revolutionary new approach, Wesley urologists have worked collaboratively with them on:
- The PAE clinical research
- Referring patients for PAE treatment.
- Some urologists are involved in the PAE procedure by performing urodynamics before and after the procedure to assess urinary function. This is a major aspect of the trial.
- Urologists are also involved in the clinical review post-procedure.
PAE is only one of many collaborative approaches to prostate treatment that makes The Wesley Hospital a leading prostate diagnosis and treatment centre.
To be considered for participation in this trial, please obtain a referral from your GP or urologist and call UCMI to schedule a consultation.