Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE)

Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) for BPH

In-office, non-surgical treatment for BPH

Prostatic artery embolization, or PAE, is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. Because BPH is an enlarged prostate gland, the overall goal of PAE treatment is to reduce the size of the prostate and decrease any symptoms.

This procedure shrinks the prostate gland, providing relief of the symptoms. Following this procedure, the prostate will begin to shrink, relieving and improving symptoms usually within days of the procedure.

How Does PAE Work?


PAE is performed by an interventional radiologist (IR) at one of our dedicated IR Centers. An interventional radiologist is a doctor who uses X-rays and other imaging techniques to see inside the body and treat conditions without surgery.

The Interventional Radiologist places a tiny catheter into the arteries that feed the prostate gland. A solution containing thousands of microscopic plastic beads is injected. This solution blocks the blood supply by shutting down blood flow to the gland and causes the prostate to shrink over time.

Following this procedure, the prostate will begin to shrink, relieving and improving symptoms usually within days of the procedure.

The Benefits of PAE

Minimally invasive:

No surgical incision or device inserted into the urethra which avoids the need for traditional open surgery.

Quick procedure:

Painless, in-office procedure lasts approximately 1 hour.

Faster recovery:

Performed in an outpatient setting, there’s no need for general anesthesia. Compared to surgery, PAE offers a much quicker recovery time, allowing patients to return home the same day and able to return to full activity within one week.

Reduced risk of side effects:

PAE boasts a lower risk of complications like sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence compared to other BPH treatments.

Long-lasting results:

Studies show PAE provides sustained relief from BPH symptoms for many years.

Who would PAE be good for?

All men who’ve been diagnosed with BPH, who experience symptoms that are not controlled well by medications and who are not able to or do not want to undergo invasive surgical treatments, are candidates for PAE. Patients must have reasonable kidney function and not be allergic to the contrast dye used during the procedure.

It's important to discuss your situation with a urologist at Associated Urological Specialists to determine if PAE is the right choice for you.

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Make an PAE Appointment Today

At Associated Urological Specialists, our experienced BPH urologists and practitioners assess our patients and discuss treatment options with them. Their goal is to find the most effective plan that works best for each individual.

Make an appointment today and start enjoying life again.

Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) appointments at AUS are in Southside Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) appointments can be made quickly at any of our AUS offices. They are conveniently located in Chicago, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Homewood, Orland Park, New Lenox and Palos Hills.

Advanced urology appointments for PAE, are done best at AUS.

Patients from Morris, Joliet and New Lenox have learned the most advanced urology appointments for Enlarged Prostates (BPH) are at AUS.

Never a long drive for Enlarged Prostate (BPH) appointments.

Patients don’t have to travel more than a few minutes for an Enlarged Prostate (BPH) appointment, if they are coming from Alsip, Bedford Park, Blue Island, Bridgeview, Burbank, Calumet Park, Chicago Heights, Country Club Hills, Crestwood, Englewood, Glenwood, Harvey, Hickory Hills, Homer Glen, Matteson, Midlothian, Mokena, Oak Lawn, Oak Forest, Olympia Fields, Orland Hills, Park Forest, Roseland, South side, South Holland and Tinley Park.

BPH appointments are done by the best Board-Certified Urologists.

Enlarged Prostate (BPH) appointments at AUS can come from Bolingbrook, Brighten Park, Burnham, Burr Ridge, Calumet City, Countryside, Crystal Lawns, Crest Hill, Darien, Dolton, Fairmont, Frankfort, Gage Park, Gillets, Hammond, Hinsdale, Hyde Park, Ingalls Park, Lansing, Lynwood, La Grange, Lemont, Lockport, Munster, Palisades, Richton Park, Riverdale, Romeoville, Sauk Village, South Shore, South Chicago, Westmont, Whiting, Willowbrook and Woodridge.