Doctors pioneer non-surgical prostate procedure
Doctors at UHS are the first in the UK to treat men suffering from the severe effects of an enlarged prostate using a pioneering non-surgical procedure.
The technique, known as prostate artery embolisation (PAE), involves using a tiny plastic catheter inserted in the groin to place particles the size of grains of sand into the prostate arteries to cut the blood supply and shrink the gland.
Also referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia, the condition forces the prostate to expand onto the urethra – the tube connecting the bladder to the penis – and causes sufferers difficulty in starting urination, a frequent need to urinate and an inability to empty the bladder.
Dr Nigel Hacking and Dr Tim Bryant, consultant interventional radiologists at Southampton General Hospital, are the first in the UK to start the treatment.
“Most men are likely to suffer the consequences of an enlarged prostate later in life and it is a particularly uncomfortable and unpleasant condition which can seriously damage quality of life,” Dr Hacking explained.
“This technique allows us to halt symptoms non-surgically through just a one to two hour procedure under local anaesthetic which sees the patient home within four to six hours – it is a major milestone.”