HackensackUMC Provides New Cutting-Edge Prostate Embolization Procedure to Alleviate BPH

January 5, 2015 12:04 PM

A new cutting-edge prostate embolization procedure is now available for clinical use at Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) through the cooperation of the departments of Urology and Interventional Radiology in order to treat select patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. In 2000, John DeMeritt, M.D. an interventional radiologist along with his colleagues in the Urology Department at HackensackUMC were the first to report the relief of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) related urinary symptoms after arterial embolization with small particles. 

The relief of BPH related urinary symptoms was associated with significant shrinkage of the prostate gland.  After further research and clinical testing at various institutions, this promising procedure is now becoming more widely used for select patients and is called prostate arterial embolization (PAE).  Similar to the female version to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids, prostate embolization effectively reduces the blood supply to the enlarged prostate in order to shrink it, thereby reducing urinary symptoms.  Men with BPH can expect to have symptoms of frequent urination, voiding difficulties, nocturnal incontinence, urgency, bladder issues, and occasionally blood in the urine.  The urologist can determine the best treatment options for the patient. If the patient is an appropriate candidate, the urologist can refer the patient to an interventional radiologist for this same-day, outpatient procedure. 

“I had blood when I urinated, severe cramping and less than two weeks after the procedure, my symptoms were gone and I was 100 percent back to my old self,” said W. L. Rivers of Verona, a  patient of Dr. Tom Christiano, HackensackUMC Department of Urology  and Dr. DeMeritt, who underwent the procedure two months ago. 

“This procedure is a viable alternative for select patients with severe symptoms and a significantly enlarged prostate gland as opposed to a total prostatectomy.  HackensackUMC is one of the few centers in the metropolitan area performing prostate embolization,” said Dr. DeMeritt.

HackensackUMC has state-of-the-art technology, including Cone Beam CT, to guide the procedure.  Cone Beam CT is utilized to ensure safety for patients and minimize complications from the procedure. 

The procedure consists of a catheter being placed through a groin artery and subsequently into the small arteries that feed the prostate gland.  Small particles are then inserted through the catheter in order to reduce the blood flow to the prostate and shrink it. 

“I was a bit skeptical at first, but as the days progressed after my surgery, I got better and better.  I really appreciate the care HackensackUMC took to get me better,” said Mr. Rivers.

For more information about prostate embolization or any HackensackUMC diagnostic radiology procedures, please call 551-996-2182.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   




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