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Prostate Artery Embolization

Non-Surgical Relief for BPH


Advanced Vascular and Interventional Solutions is proud to be the first and only facility in Oklahoma to offer the latest minimally invasive procedure for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) called Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE).


BPH ​is a condition more commonly known as enlarged prostate. BPH involves hyperplasia of prostatic cells, resulting in the formation of large, fairly discrete nodules in the prostate. Large nodules can compress the urethral canal.  This can cause partial, or sometimes virtually complete, obstruction of the urethra.

Almost every man will experience symptoms of BPH. This condition affects about half of men in their 50s and as many as 90 percent of men over 80. BPH is diagnosed by a urologist using a combination of clinical history, digital rectal exam, prostate-specific antigen levels, urinalysis and neurologic exam findings.

The most common surgical procedure for BPH is called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). This involves a surgeon inserting a scope through the penis and cutting the prostate into small pieces to remove it. Finally, there is a new non-surgical option, Prostate Artery Embolization!

Symptoms of BPH

  • Urinary frequency

  • Urinary urgency

  • Hesitancy – difficulty initiating the urinary stream; interrupted, weak stream

  • Incomplete emptying of the bladder – feeling of persistent residual urine, regardless of the frequency of urination

  • Straining – need to strain or push to initiate and maintain urination to more fully empty the bladder

  • Decreased force of stream – loss of force of the urinary stream over time

  • Dribbling – loss of small amounts of urine due to poor urinary stream

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia


PAE is covered by Medicare. Generally, insurance companies will pay for prostate embolization if they cover prostate surgery, but this is not always the case. For further information, please review your insurance policy and contact your insurance provider. Each plan is different.

After your consultation, if you require insurance pre-certification for the procedure from your insurance provider, Advanced IR Solutions has a dedicated in-house precertification specialist who will assist in the precertification process.

Please note that preauthorization of any procedure is not a guarantee of payment. Ultimately, your insurance contract is between you and your insurance provider. Ultimately, the responsibility for payment is yours.

Prostate Artery Embolization

PAE is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical, outpatient procedure that is performed by an interventional radiologist. A tiny catheter is placed through an artery in the groin or wrist, and advanced to the arteries supplying blood to the prostate gland. Dr. Parsons administers embolic material (tiny spheres) through the catheter and into the blood vessels feeding the prostate, which subsequently deprives oxygen to the prostate, causing it to decrease in size and relieve symptoms. Once Dr. Parsons has completed embolization of the prostatic arteries, the catheter is gently removed. A small inflatable cuff is applied to the wrist, overlying access to the artery, until the artery has healed. The entire treatment typically lasts 90 minutes.

Benefits of Prostate Artery Embolization

  • No retrograde ejaculation.

  • Decreased risk of impotence.

  • Outpatient procedure.

  • Quick Recovery.

  • No scarring.

  • Great than 90% success rate.

Why Choose Us?

Devoted Prostate Practice
Highest Quality Care for All Patients
Personalized Attention
Hotel Like Recovery Rooms
Educational Staff
State of the Art Non-Surgical Alternative
First and Only Facility in Oklahoma to Offer PAE
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