Non-Surgical Treatment for Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)
Benign prostatic hypertrophy is a benign (non-cancerous) condition in which there is enlargement or hyperplasia of the prostate gland which can lead to a host of uncomfortable urinary symptoms. Prostate gland enlargement is common as a person gets older however if urinary symptoms start affecting quality of life then the prostate enlargement will need to be treated.
Overnight hospital stay
A small tube is placed through a pinhole into the brachial artery which is in front of the elbow. These small microcatheters are navigated up the arm and into the pelvis with the guidance of specialized X-ray machines and contrast dye which is injected and forms a road map of the anatomy. The doctor can also access these arteries through the femoral artery in the groin.
The microcatheters are placed into the prostate artery that supplies blood to the prostate gland. Small medical microparticles that look like beads are then injected into the enlarged prostate gland on each side through the microcatheter. This causes the prostate gland to shrink over time.
The prostate gland following the procedure is much smaller as there is decreased blood flow to the gland causing the gland to shrink. This relieves the symptoms of prostate enlargement and improves quality of life.