MEET THE SPECIALISTS TO THE SPECIALISTS
Michael Cumming, MD
Dr. Cumming is a nationally recognized expert in varicocele and prostate artery embolization. His embolization techniques have been presented at the Global Embolization (GEST) meeting.
PETER BRETZMAN, MD
Dr. Bretzman has over 25 years of experience solving complex medical problems using minimally invasive imaging guided techniques. His focus is finding the most efficient solution for patients.
UNDERSTANDING BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA (BPH)
IS PAE AN ALTERNATIVE TO SURGERY & WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Yes! Prostate artery embolization only requires a small incision in the wrist or groin and can be performed in an outpatient center, so no hospital visit is necessary.
Dr. Cumming and Dr. Bretzman will partner with you and/or your existing care team (ex: primary care, urologist) to determine if you’re a candidate for PAE.
Prostate artery embolization offers the lowest complication rate of any procedure for BPH. It also eliminates the typical risks of other BPH procedures such as: impotence, sexual dysfunction, incontinence, and urine leakage. It does not require the placement of a bladder catheter.
HOW IS PAE PERFORMED AND AM I A CANDIDATE?
A small incision is made in the wrist or groin, through which a microscopic catheter is guided to the arteries supplying the prostate. Tiny beads or coils are then injected into the arteries, reducing the blood flow into the prostate causing the entire prostate gland to shrink.
If you have been diagnosed with BPH, and it has a negative impact on your everyday life, you are a candidate for prostatic artery embolization.
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM YOUR VISIT:
- CONSULTATION: Symptom review and health history discussion.
- IMAGING: Prior to your procedure we often image the prostate using ultrasound, CT, or MRI.
- TREATMENT PLAN: A comprehensive review of all symptoms, exams and imaging enable Drs Cumming and Bretzman to provide definitive treatment recommendations. Ultimately, patients choose their preferred option.