Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Pretoria, Gauteng - Jan 17, 2018 - A large proportion of men suffer from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) by the time they reach 60 and go on to suffer symptoms such as a weak urinary stream, urgency with leaking as well as frequent urination occurring mostly during sleeping hours. BPH is the most common prostate common that is non-cancerous in nature and is also known simply as an enlarged prostate.
Prostate Artery Embolisation (PAE) treats an enlarged prostate by use of a thin tube (catheter) which is inserted into the femoral or radial artery, located in the groin and wrist respectively. Through x-ray guidance, the catheter is directed to the artery which supplies blood to the prostate. Inert and non-absorbable particles are then inserted into the artery to create a temporary blockage which subsequently cuts off blood supply to the prostate. As a result of the lacking supply, the prostate begins to decrease in size which relieves symptoms in the patient as a result.
This specialised procedure is performed by interventional radiologist Dr Andrew Lawson. He is the only accredited medical professional offering this treatment in the African continent and does so from the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital located in Johannesburg
The procedure can take up to three hours, and the patient stays conscious. The treatment is pain-free.
The treatment is performed is such a ‘minimally invasive’ way under light sedation and reports little to no pain or other side effects thereafter. PAE is an outpatient procedure so patients undergo short hospitalization, immediate improvement and an altogether short recovery time.
Prostate Artery Embolisation is a technically challenging procedure and carries the risk of serious complications. These include the blocking of blood flow directed to the penis, the bladder and rectum. Dr Lawson is aided by a competent team of individuals who have been trained to ensure all potential complications are minimized to uphold the high success rate held.
“It is a valuable new weapon in the arsenal of treatments currently available for this condition.” says urologist Dr Stephen Cornish on the importance of PAE.
Prostate Care offers this procedure exclusively through Netcare Sunninghill hospital located in Johannesburg.
About Dr Andrew Lawson
Dr Lawson is an interventional radiologist with specialized training in Prostate Artery Embolization. After being taught by the leading specialists in the field he has facilitated training attended by international experts. He performs the procedure at Netcare Sunninghill hospital who provide state of the art equipment which is used to safely offer PAE.
Dr Andrew Lawson