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Doctor With Male Patient Reading Notes Penn Medicine interventional radiologists are experts in prostate artery embolization (PAE), a minimally invasive treatment for enlarged prostate. We were the first medical center in the region to perform PAE and have more experience performing the procedure than any other center in Philadelphia.

We use advanced imaging technologies during PAE, which are not readily available at other centers. This helps ensure you experience the best possible outcomes with reduced risks.

What is Prostate Artery Embolization?

Prostate artery embolization is a minimally invasive treatment used to treat the urinary symptoms that are caused by an enlarged prostate. The procedure is appropriate for patients whose symptoms did not improve with other treatment options, as well as those who are not candidates for surgery.

Prostate artery embolization uses microscopic particles to block blood flow to the prostate.

During PAE, your doctor will make a small puncture in your groin or wrist to access your arterial system. Under imaging guidance, the physician directs tiny specialized devices through your blood vessels to both sides of your prostate. Over time, the change in blood flow to your prostate can shrink the gland and improve symptoms.


Advantages of Prostate Artery Embolization at Penn Presbyterian

  • Penn Presbyterian is considered a high volume center, performing the procedure for the past five years.
  • Penn Presbyterian Interventional Radiologists use advanced imaging technologies during the procedure, not readily available at other centers. This maximizes success and reduces risks of the procedure.
  • About 90 percent of patients who had PAE experienced improved quality of life related to urinary tract symptoms.

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Prostate Artery Embolization FAQs

Answers to common questions about Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE), including benefits, risks, preparation and recovery.

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