By Daniel Petkevich
Nov 23, 2022
Over half of men over 50 will have to deal with an enlarged prostate. Although it's not cancerous, an enlarged prostate can be uncomfortable and disruptive. But with PAE (prostate artery embolization), you can treat an enlarged prostate without potentially impacting your sexual health. And the good news is it's covered by Medicare. Read more to find out if this treatment could be right for you.
PAE is a minimally invasive procedure that uses sophisticated imaging technology to identify the artery supplying blood to the prostate. During the procedure, a tiny hole is punctured in the groin, and a catheter is put through the artery towards the prostate. Tiny particles called emboli are injected into this artery, reducing the flow of blood and causing the enlarged prostate to shrink. The procedure takes about 1 to 4 hours
It is unlikely that you will get instant symptom relief from the procedure, but after 1 to 2 months, you might start to notice symptom relief. Within 5 to 6 months you should see the full impact realized.
PAE is an effective treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), otherwise known as an enlarged prostate. This minimally invasive procedure targets only the artery supplying blood to the prostate and doesn’t impact sexual health as other treatments do. While this condition is not cancerous, it can cause frequent urination, difficulty starting or stopping the flow of urine, and a weak urinary stream. PAE may be recommended for individuals who want to avoid taking medications for their condition, or those whose symptoms aren’t responding to medication.
PAE offers several advantages over other treatments for an enlarged prostate. It’s minimally invasive, meaning there’s no need for surgery or general anesthesia. And because the procedure targets only the artery supplying blood to the prostate, it doesn’t impact sexual health as other treatments do. Because of these benefits, PAE is a popular treatment option for BPH.
PAE is an FDA-approved treatment that is covered by Medicare. But how does your coverage work? Your PAE will be covered by Part B, assuming you've got a recommendation from your doctor. PAE is typically an outpatient procedure, so it's unlikely you will have to deal through Part A or Part D. As a reminder, your total costs will be covered 80% by Medicare, and you will be responsible for the remaining 20%. For coverage of that 20%, you should enroll in Medicare Supplement Plan G.
The side effects of PAE are generally mild and temporary. Some patients may experience a burning sensation when urinating or some bleeding from the puncture site in the groin. In rare cases, fever, infection and urinary retention can occur. Speak with your doctor about any side effects that you may experience after the procedure.
If you are seeking treatment for an enlarged prostate, Medicare has your back. Talk to your doctor to see if the treatment is right for you. This content is for informational purposes only. And to make sure you're on the right Medicare plan, talk with an expert at Fair Square Medicare today.
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