Almost half of the men over the age of 60 suffer from an enlarged prostate. According to best Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez, some of the men who suffer from an enlarged prostrate also often experience sexual dysfunctions such as ejaculation disorders and impotence.
Most men who have this condition opt for surgery. If the prostate volume is small, the surgery may be performed through the urethra. If the prostate is larger, open surgery is typically the solution. Both of these methods can come with significant complications.
Attempts have been made to treat patients with enlarged prostates though minimally invasive procedures designed to reduce patient discomfort and illness. The procedure – Prostatic arterial embolization – is the latest non-surgical technique. Your Miami urologist reports that PAE is typically a painless procedure and most patients are discharged three to eight hours after treatment.
The advantage of this procedure is that there is no surgery scar, and in most cases there is no need for catheterization. Prior to the procedure, your Miami urologist will perform an MRI or ultrasound of the prostrate to evaluate the rate of urine flow. A blood test is also needed to guarantee a safe procedure.
General anesthesia is usually not required, but it may be advisable for some patients who do not want to feel anything during the procedure. The procedure is not considered to be painful, and some patients elect to have no sedation.
You should see your Miami urologist if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Urinating frequently at night;
- Urination that produces only a small amount of urine;
- Hesitant or interrupted urine stream;
- Leaking or dribbling urine;
- Sudden and urgent need to urinate;
- Weak urine stream;
- Feeling like your bladder is not completely empty after urinating;
- Occasional pain when urinating;
- Having to rush to the bathroom suddenly after urge to urinate;
- You are unable to pass urine.
Don’t wait! If you suspect that you may be suffering from an enlarged prostate, call your best Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez today to schedule a consultation.