About Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
For years men have suffered with lower urinary tract symptoms such as urgency, frequency and needing to ‘go’ all night. An enlarged prostate or benign prostate hyperplasia can be responsible for such socially inhibiting issues.
Prostate enlargement, or Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), is a common prostate disease in men over the age of 40. It can cause urinary urgency, increased frequency, weak urine stream and urine retention. BPH usually affects most men at some time in their life and when severe can significantly impact quality of life and kidney function.
Prostate Artery Embolisation treatment
Radiologists at The Wesley Hospital pioneered Prostate Artery Embolisation (PAE) treatment in collaboration with Queensland Urologists, as an effective alternative to medical therapy that may also delay the need for surgery. Prostate Artery Embolisation is an interventional radiology procedure that involves blocking the prostate arteries with microspheres. As a result it shrinks and softens the prostate gland. Consequently removing the obstruction relieves pressure on the urethra and bladder.
Prostate Artery Embolisation Australian clinical trial
An Australian first clinical trial has paved the way for the introduction of a new minimally-invasive procedure to treat prostate enlargement.
The results of the study, conducted at The Wesley Hospital, were recently published in the British Journal of Urology. They demonstrated that Prostate Artery Embolisation (PAE) is a safe and effective treatment for prostate enlargement. The study found that men who had a PAE have significantly improved symptoms, fewer side effects, increased quality of life and a decreased reliance on medication to control BPH symptoms. Overall the study found that embolisation of the prostate successfully reduced the severity of urinary symptoms by >80%, and significantly improved quality of life for 95% of participants.
Interview with Dr Norman Swan on The Health Report
Dr Nicholas Brown, Interventional Radiologist at UCMI, was recently interviewed on ABC Radio National’s Health Report with Dr Norman Swan, to discuss Prostate Artery Embolisation trials.
These trials are available at Uniting Care Medical Imaging for men with symptomatic enlarged prostates.
New Study To Commence
A new study conducted by UCMI will look at the comparison of treating men with medication (usually a first-line treatment) with a PAE. UCMI welcomes men with BPH to attend a consultation for consideration to participate in the trial.
Prostate Artery Embolisation procedure
Read more about the Prostate Artery Embolisation procedure available at Uniting Care Medical Imaging.