Prostate Enlargement (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) | San Jose

What is a Prostate?

The prostate is a small gland that plays a key role in the male reproductive system.


What Does the Prostate Do?

The prostate's main function is to add fluid to semen, the substance released during ejaculation. This fluid is crucial as it nourishes and protects sperm. It contains enzymes, zinc, and citric acid, all of which are essential for the health of sperm 

cells and help to lubricate the urethra. The urethra is the tube that allows both urine and semen to exit the body.

Additionally, the muscles in the prostate help propel semen into the urethra during orgasm, ensuring its smooth passage out of the body.

Enlarged Prostate 

Living with an enlarged prostate, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can really impact your day-to-day life. You might find yourself needing to use the bathroom more often, which can disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling tired. If BPH is left untreated, it can sometimes lead to serious health problems like bladder infections, difficulty urinating (acute urinary retention), and even kidney damage.

What is Prostatic Artery Embolization?

Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive treatment designed to alleviate urinary issues caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a common, noncancerous growth of the prostate gland that many men experience as they age.

During the PAE procedure, an interventional radiologist (IR) uses X-rays and other advanced imaging techniques to navigate inside the body without the need for surgery. The IR blocks the blood vessels that supply the prostate, which helps to reduce its size and ease symptoms. 

Benefits of the Medical Care Provided at MISS:

  • Safe: Our procedures prioritize patient safety, ensuring high standards of care.
  • No Incision: Enjoy the benefits of surgery without the need for large incisions.
  • Minimal Pain: Experience significantly less discomfort compared to traditional surgery.
  • No Scarring: Our techniques minimize or eliminate visible scarring.
  • No General Anesthesia: Procedures are performed without the need for general anesthesia, reducing risks and recovery time.
  • Outpatient Procedure: Most of our treatments are outpatient, meaning you can return home the same day.
  • Two-Hour Recovery Time: Recovery times are typically around two hours, getting you back on your feet faster.
  • Go Home the Same Day: Spend less time in the hospital and more time recovering in the comfort of your home.
  • Cost Effective: MISS procedures often cost less than traditional surgical methods.


Our specialists are ready to answer questions and provide more information on the PAE procedure performed in our outpatient center in San Jose at MISS. 

Schedule An Appointment:  408-918-0405 

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