Prostate Enlargement

Enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a condition that becomes more and more prevalent as men age. It's the most common noncancerous tumor found in men, bringing unpleasant symptoms that can affect quality of life. Surgery used to be the only option, but ARA Health is proud to offer a minimally invasive alternative that's safe and effective.


About Enlarged Prostate

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, affects about half of men in their 50s and up to 90% of men in their 70s and 80s. As the prostate becomes enlarged, it presses on the urethra and causes uncomfortable lower urinary tract symptoms, like difficulty urinating, weak urine stream, frequent urination, especially at night, and erectile dysfunction.


BPH is typically diagnosed by physical exam, urine flow and dynamic tests, and MRI, CT, or ultrasound imaging.

Treatments for Enlarged Prostate

Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) is a safe and minimally invasive outpatient procedure, offering a shorter recovery and fewer complications than traditional surgery. An interventional radiologist uses image guidance to thread a catheter through a tiny puncture in the groin to access blood vessels on each side of the prostate. The radiologist then inserts small beads to block the blood flow to the prostate, causing the prostate to shrink. Patients experience symptom relief or improvement, often within days of the procedure.

You have questions. We have answers.

Below is a list of some of the questions we get asked most frequently from our patients. If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to our ARA Cares Coordinator at (828) 436-5500.

How do I prepare for Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE)?
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What can I expect during the PAE procedure?
Unlike traditional surgery, PAE is performed under light sedation using local anesthesia. Patients can return home the same day, and most report significant improvement of symptoms in the coming days and months.