Consultant radiologist explains exciting new treatment
(PRWEB UK) 20 March 2012
In an article written for the patient-facing website totalhealth, Consultant Radiologist Dr Nigel Hacking explains a new and innovative treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) called Prostate Artery Embolisation.
This emerging therapy will be of particular interest to those men who have previously received unsuccessful treatment for this condition. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) refers to the condition whereby the prostate gland is increasing in size without there being any malignant cause and it becomes increasingly common as men age.
As the prostate enlarges it leads to compression and then obstruction of the urethra, which in turn affects urinary flow. The symptoms include urinary frequency, urinary urgency, hesitancy in urination, poor stream and incomplete bladder emptying. This condition then has an impact on the quality of life for a considerable number of men aged over fifty years.
Traditionally, BPH has been managed with lifestyle changes and medication in the first instance but if the symptoms progress or become severe then surgery may be required. However, as this is an age-related condition fitness and suitability for surgery is often an issue.
In his article Dr Hacking outlines a new treatment for BPH, prostate artery embolisation and explains that pilot studies will shortly to commencing in the UK to determine how effective this therapy is.
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