New Minimally Invasive Approach To Treat Enlarged Prostate

surgery-for-prostate-problemsPhysicians at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University Medical Center have just begun to study the safety and effectiveness of prostate artery embolization (PAE) in men with enlarged prostate glands and urinary obstruction.

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The condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH and, according to the National Institutes of Health, occurs in more than half of men in their 60s and 90 percent of men in their 70s and 80s.

Symptoms of BPH include difficulty urinating, more frequent and urgent urination, especially at night and a weak urine flow. “While the condition is not cancer and is not life-threatening, the symptoms can be very severe and substantially affect a man’s quality of life,” said James Spies, MD, principal investigator of the study and chair of Radiology at MedStar Georgetown. “Because so many men are affected by this condition, the potential impact of an effective minimally-invasive treatment could be substantial.”