All for an enlarged prostate

An enlarged prostate can be burdensome for the bearer. Affecting the quality of life, enlarged prostate could also make the patient lose self esteem and confidence. To solve this medical dilemma, researchers keep unfolding patient-friendly ways to curb this menace. Surgeries, medications and watchful lifestyles have been put in place to ease patients of the inconvenience associated with an enlarged prostate. First performed in 2009 is a non-surgical way of blocking the blood vessels that supply blood to enlarged prostate known as prostate artery embolization.
Surgery for prostate involves the use of various techniques such as transurethral microwave thermotherapy, transurethral needle ablation, transurethral resection of the prostate and photoselective vaporization of the prostate. Though not intended to substitute surgery, prostate artery embolization plays a definite role in providing a stop-gap measure for the patient until the need for surgery arises.
Prostate artery embolization involves starving the arteries that supplies the prostate of blood and oxygen by injecting small particles into the blood vessels. This makes the arteries to shrink over a period of 6 months.
Due to the fact that prostate artery embolization does not involve any entry through the urethra or penis rather via the femoral artery, low side effects have been reported. It can decrease the lower urinary tract symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Performed by an interventional radiologist rather than a surgeon, prostate artery embolization requires the use of an x-ray equipment. The x-ray equipment is used to ensure that the needles and catheter are moved correctly.

 By Ifeyinwa Ugo-Amadi

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