Incontinence after Prostate Surgery Prevented with New Treatment


Prostate artery embolisation, a new procedure used in treating men with enlarged prostates, may very well revolutionize the way doctors treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Performed under local anesthesia, a catheter is used to inject sand-sized plastic grains into specific veins that supply blood to the swollen area. These grains plug the blood vessels, thereby cutting off the blood supply to the affected area and shrinking it in the process. Other veins continue to supply blood to the prostate.

Data from clinical trials in Brazil and Portugal has shown that this process can reduce swelling by as much as one-third. Significantly, this procedure reduces side effects common to gold standard prostate treatments, such as incontinence, sexual dysfunction, bleeding, and infection. Indeed, men involved in the clinical trials required no hospital time and were discharged home within six hours. Given that benign prostatic hyperplasia affects 50% of men by the time they turn 50 years old, this treatment is being closely examined as a new avenue.

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