On our Women’s Health page, we explained how the state-of-the-art Interventional Radiology (IR) procedures we specialize in can be effective when treating common health problems that affect only women, such as uterine fibroids, blockages of the Fallopian tubes, and pelvic congestion syndrome.
Men have unique health concerns that only affect them, too. For example, over 50% of men in their sixties experience uncomfortable symptoms of enlarged prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH) that can cause problems with urination and greatly reduce their quality of life. Traditional treatment of BPH involves invasive surgery, which requires general anesthesia and can occasionally cause complications such as impotence and sexual dysfunction.
One of MTV IR’s specialty IR procedures called Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) provides a gentler, minimally-invasive treatment solution for BPH. PAE can be performed using only light anesthesia, and is so gentle that most patients don’t even require an overnight hospital stay.
Another common health concern unique to men is the development of a type of varicose veins called varicoceles in the testicles or scrotal areas. These swollen veins can cause pain, but they may also affect male fertility by causing a reduced sperm count, and if untreated can result in atrophy (shrinking) of the testicles.
The traditional treatment for testicular varicoceles is invasive surgery, with all of its attendant risks. But again, a visualization-guided, minimally-invasive IR procedure we specialize in called Varicocele Embolization offers men a treatment option that is less risky, and that involves less pain and discomfort. And again, the procedure can be completed in a few hours, so patients go home the same day. Recovery time is so minimal that most patients return to work the next day.
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