A majority of men over the age of 50 have one thing in common: an enlarged prostate. About half of men between 51 and 60 develop the condition, and that number steadily climbs in the decades that follow. Having an enlarged prostate (also called benign prostate hyperplasia) is not only uncomfortable, it can also slow down the flow of urine and affect ejaculation. Therefore, men with this condition eventually need treatment, although it is not in and of itself cancerous or life-threatening.
If you are having symptoms and the diagnosis is enlarged prostate, you will want to talk to your urologist about the available treatment options, which range from surgery to medications. Add to that list a new procedure worth having a conversation about with your urologist about called prostatic artery embolization (PAE).
At Yale Medicine, we offer a variety of treatment options for BPH, including embolization. While PAE recently received Food and Drug Administration approval, it is not yet widely available in the United States, and many urologists do not even know about it yet. Here at Yale we have one of the nation's top experts regularly performing this procedure.