Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is enlargement of the prostate, a common condition among men over 45 years of age. The degree to which the prostate grows varies from man to man as they age and may constrict the urethra and cause difficulty with urination. Left untreated, BPH may lead to urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones or incontinence. BPH is the most common disorder of the prostate gland and the most common diagnosis by urologists for males between the ages of 45 and 74. More than half of men in their sixties and as many as 90 percent in their seventies and eighties have some symptoms of BPH.
Prostate artery embolization:
An interventional radiologist inserts a hollow wire into the artery in the leg and maneuvers it to the arteries that only supply the prostate. The radiologist will then inject material to slow or stop blood flow to the prostate, which can cause it to shrink or soften.