Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)

Minimally invasive treatment for men with enlarged prostate (BPH)

Up more than once at night to pee?

Did you know the need to get up repeatedly during the night to urinate is just ONE of the early symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as “enlarged prostate.”

This condition may ultimately lead to painful urination, incontinence, reduced sex drive and even erectile dysfunction.

Men with BPH have a new treatment option that is effective and helps them avoid open surgery.

What is an enlarged prostate (BPH)?

BPH is one of the most common health problems, affecting half of all men 51-60 years of age and up to 90% of men older than 80. A normal male prostate gland is the size of a walnut. With BPH, it can grow as large as a tennis ball. The enlarging prostate can put pressure on the urethra, restricting the flow of urine.

Symptoms of BPH include:

  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate (especially at night)
  • Weak urine stream
  • Difficulty beginning urination or dribbling at the end 
  • Inability to completely empty the bladder

One study shows 95% of men with moderate BPH symptoms are unhappy and do not wish to spend the rest of their lives suffering from them.

Will BPH go away on its own?

Unfortunately, no. Left untreated, BPH can lead to urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder damage, bladder stones, kidney damage (or chronic renal failure) and urinary retention (the inability to urinate).

An alternative treatment to prostate surgery

Until recently, men had but one treatment option for BPH—a surgery called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). During this surgery, a portion of the prostate gland is removed using an electric current or laser.

If you do not wish to have this surgery, or if you are seeking a less invasive way to achieve symptom relief, the doctors at Memphis Vascular Center will work with your urologist and/or other members of your care team to help determine the best treatment option for you.

The most common symptoms of BPH are frequent or urgent need to urinate (especially at night) difficulty urinating, incontinence and sexual dysfunction.

PAE partially blocks the flow of blood to the prostate, causing it to shrink and symptoms to reduce or disappear.


If you have BPH symptoms that are negatively impacting the quality of your life, don’t wait until the symptoms get worse! We invite you to consult with us. Our doctors will work with both you and your doctor to help you understand the extent of your condition and determine if PAE is a treatment option for you. 

Call (901) 683-1890 today

Memphis Vascular Center offers a new and minimally invasive treatment option for BPH  

At Memphis Vascular Center, we can treat BPH with a convenient, outpatient 30-minute procedure called prostate artery embolization (PAE). It requires no more than a small nick in the skin. No anesthesia. No downtime. Fast results.

We were among the first doctors in Tennessee to perform prostate artery embolization and are among the most experienced doctors in the region performing this procedure.

Prostate artery embolization is recommended for patients who:

  • Have an enlarged prostate (greater than 80 grams)
  • Have not been able to control their BPH symptoms with medication
  • Have refractory hematuria
  • Do not wish to have surgery
  • Have chronic kidney disease, are on anticoagulants or smoke cigarettes
PAD treatment is covered by most insurance and may be performed in our convenient outpatient setting. For more information, please call (901) 683-1890 or click here to visit our website where you can download a brochure and information to share with your doctor.
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