Prostate Artery Embolization Treatment Abroad for BPH – Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
If you are suffering from an enlarged prostate gland and looking for an enlarged prostate surgery or enlarged prostate non-invasive treatment we would recommend you the Prostate Artery Embolization or the PAE treatment. Prostate artery embolization, as a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is proved to be a safe and effective alternative to traditional enlarged prostate treatments. During a low-invasive procedure, the surgeon performs the embolization of the arteries of the prostate, which leads to a substantial and permanent reduction of the prostate gland. Simply speaking, the doctor blocks the blood vessels that surround enlarged prostate gland with tiny molecules, which leads to a lower blood supply (malnutrition) and the shrinkage of the prostate.
Your prostate artery embolization treatment in Poland will be performed by one of the best specialists in Europe – Dr Tomasz Ludyga, in the private clinic, that specializes in the prostate artery embolization procedure. Your surgeon holds a medical specialisation in the field of angiology, venous procedures as well as general surgery, he is also very experienced in the PAE procedures, which he has performed regularly since 2015. Our Patients, who underwent the prostatic artery embolization abroad, are very happy with the outcomes – the prostate volume has decreased, and they have no more problems with passing the water or waking up at night. What is also vital to mention – the prostate artery embolization procedure does not cause any sexual side effects like erection problems or the retrograde ejaculation. Also, no prostate tissues are damaged or cut out. The procedure is carried out under a local anaesthetic. This means you will be conscious during the procedure, which is completely painless. Another advantage is receiving the highest quality medical service at a competitive price – usually significantly cheaper than in the UK or other European countries as well as a package care – to make your medical travel to Poland stressless, our representatives will take care of you since the very first call or mail – they will guide you through the booking process, organise an airport transfer, assist with booking a hotel and drive you here, in Poland, between the hotel and the clinic. They will also assist during your hospital submission and will be there if you need anything.
If you are suffering from an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hiperplasia) and looking for an efficient and minimally-invasive treatment we would recommend the Prostate Artery Embolization. PAE is proved to be a safe and effective alternative to traditional enlarged prostate treatments. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended PAE as a treatment option for lower urinary tract symptoms caused by the BPH. The effects are permanent.
Quick facts about the prostate artery embolization abroad – cost and recovery information
|Benefits||better flow of the urine, less pain, fewer night wake-ups, better sexual ability, catheter removal, prostate shrinkage without any prostate tissues damage.|
|Flight Home minimal||3 days|
|Stay in Poland – Recommended||5 days|
|Follow up||after 3 months, after 30 days by your GP|
|Pre- and post-surgery consultation||included in price (pre-op consultation takes place on Monday evening, PAE procedure on Tuesday, post-op check-up on Wednesday morning)|
|Back to work time & driving||3 days (you are able to drive 2 days post the procedure, however you may feel tired so it is recommended not to strain yourself too much)|
|Expected results||you can notice first results in 3 weeks, for the full prostate shrinkage you may wait up to 2 months.|
|Approximate Package cost||depending on Patient’s needs and Doctor’s examination – approximate 13500 PLN ~(2780 GBP / 3115 EUR) + stay at the Hotel + flight|
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You will find more detailed answers to the following questions further at this page (scroll down)
1) What are typical enlarged prostate gland symptoms?
2) What are the benefits and results of prostate artery embolization in Poland?
3) How do I prepare for prostate artery embolization abroad?
4) General information and the course of prostate artery embolization procedure abroad.
5) Is prostate artery embolization painful?
What symptoms may qualify me to the prostate artery embolization abroad?
Usually less than a half of men do have noticeable symptoms of this condition. The most common symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland are:
- Delay in urination (need to wait until the urine flows)
- Need to urinate more than two times at night
- Urge and strong need to urinate
- Pain during urination
- Incontinence of urine
- Weak urine stream
- Incomplete bladder emptying
If you cannot urinate anymore, you feel dizziness and nausea, probably due to the enlarged gland the urethra had become completely tightened, the urine has been stopped, and the whole body poisoning could have happened. In this case, the immediate surgery is needed.
If you suffer from symptoms mentioned above, and your GP doctor has confirmed, that you have an enlarged prostate gland then you might be a good candidate for the prostate artery embolization procedure (surgery) abroad. It is a great minimally invasive way to bring you back life with no urinating problems, the huge advantage of this method is also, that it does not affect any sexual functions.
What are the benefits and results of prostate artery embolization in Poland?
Due to the clinical studies and experience, over 70% of men will gain symptomatic improvement after PAE. Due to the reduction of prostate gland they experience the better flow of the urine, less pain, fewer night wake-ups, better sexual ability. Effects are visible just after a few days, and the procedure can proceed in Elderly Patients or Patients with the pacemaker. Sometimes it takes longer for the prostate to shrink (up to 3 months) – this is a natural process which might differ from person to person.
How do I prepare for prostate artery embolization abroad?
The prostate artery embolization in Poland private hospital is usually performed as a inpatient procedure, you can expect the overnight stay at the clinic. You will be asked not to eat several hours before the procedure; you might also be asked to shave a skin around the big artery area in the groin. You will also talk with the anesthesiologist, who will go through the questionnaire about your allergies, previous health conditions, medicines you take and more.
Before the prostatic arterial embolization in Poland you may need to prepare following medical tests, however usually those are performed in the clinic the day before the procedure.
- Diagnostic PSA,
- Creatinine level,
- Bloot clotting – coagulation levels
In the case of high PSA level additional biopsy or MRI of the prostate is needed to exclude the possibility of prostate cancer.
The course of prostate artery embolization procedure abroad. Enlarged prostate low-invasive treatment.
After being examined by the Operating Doctor you will wait in your Patient room, nurses will help you prepare to the procedure: you will receive a blue gown, they will help you in shaving your groin, check your ECG and insert the venflon (port). Before you get to the operating theatre, you will be also interview by the Anesthesiologist.. You will lie on your back on the X-ray table; your body will be covered with a special hygienic towel. You will receive some sedatives or painkillers through the needle in a vein in your arm. You will also receive a monitoring device attached to your chest and if needed the oxygen. Everything will be completely sterile. The needle will be inserted into the artery (by the small cut in the groin area). During the procedure, a guide wire, as well as a catheter, are placed into the artery. It will be painless.
The procedure is conducted under the X-ray monitoring. Once the radiologist and the surgeon identify the right artery (by using a contrast fluid), the tiny particles are injected into the arteries, which are in charge of nourishing the prostate gland. These little parts are blocking the arteries, so the gland is not fed properly, and it starved of the blood supply. Both arteries (the left and right) should be blocked this way. When the procedure finishes, the catheter is withdrawn.
After the prostate gland artery embolization surgery, you will be taken on the trolley to your ward, where you will rest several hours, while nurses will take care of you. You will be not allowed to walk until the next morning, to make sure everything heals properly. You will be administered some painkillers and an IV fluids. You will be also under the monitoring (blood pressure, puls). You could rest and sleep.
Will I feel pain during the prostatic artery embolization procedure?
The anesthesiologist will take care of you, inject the local anaesthesia, as well as some sedatives and painkillers. If you feel any pain, the doctor will react immediately to make you feel as comfortable as possible. During the contrast medium injection, you may feel the warm liquid in your blood vessels which some Patient found a little unpleasant.
What are the main risks included in the prostate artery embolization abroad?
The main risks of the prostatic artery embolization include the possibility of occurance of the haematoma in the place, where the catheter was inserted, however our Patients receive a special, tight dressing, which must be worn for the first 12 hours after the procedure, which significantly decreases this risk. Another risk mentioned in the literature is the accidental embolization of the vesslels that supply the blood to another organs, such as a urine bladder or anus. Our medical team performs the procedure very carefully and slowly, to minimize this risk. After the procedure, Patients stay overnight in the clinic, and if any of this occured, we could notice the sympthoms already on the morning following the prostate artery embolization. There are also risk involved with the local aneasthesication and the possibility of infections, however our medical staff take extraoridinary care, to minimize those risks. You will be informed about the possibile complications and expected benefits during your consultation with the doctor. The prostate artery embolization in Poland is generally considered as a safe procedure with a low complication rate.
For your health and serenity, our hospital owns the intensive care ward and the diagnostics centre (radiology, ultrasonography, blood tests departament).
Case study – prostate shrinkage post the PAE procedure performed by Dr Ludyga:
Enlarged prostate treatment methods – comparison
Patient’s Reviews and opinions regarding the Prostate Artery Embolization procedure abroad:
I had the prostate artery embolization procedure carried out on Wednesday 7th August at the Euromedic facility in Katowice. I arrived on Sunday 4th but it would be just as convenient to arrive on the Monday with the consultation taking place at around 4 pm on the Monday. I was met at the airport by the EuroTreatMed driver and transported to my hotel. The hotel that EuroTreatMed recommend is the Park Hotel Diament which is a 5 minute walk from the Euromedic facility. I would definitely recommend the hotel (excellent WiFi), it’s a very nice hotel excellent breakfast and has most of the facilities you could ask for. It is also just a 20 minute walk into the centre of Katowice and that is for a 74 year old.
The Eurotreatmed representative picked me up at the hotel each day and took me to the clinic where I was processed for the consultation, MRI scans etc. Ms Swinder the Eurotreatmed representative could not have been more helpful and spoke excellent English explaining the program each day and ensuring a smooth and trouble free program each day.
Following my consultation on the Monday with the doctor who was going to carry out the procedure who incidentally spoke excellent English the real work began on the Tuesday when I had the MRI scans etc. Then it was back to the hotel to wait for the procedure which was carried out on Wednesday. Wednesday morning taken to the clinic by Ms Swinder at 7 am and prepared for the procedure which took place at around 10 am and was completed by 1 pm when I was taken back to my hospital room. The actual procedure during which you remain conscious throughout was absolutely pain free and apart from the 3 hour duration it was less hassle than having your teeth cleaned.
Following the operation, you have a bandage wrapped around your groin along with some hard-conical object which bears down on the entry point to make sure that it sealed up. For the next 20 hours you lie in bed keeping your movement to a minimum. This was probably the worst part, no food and no water although you are on a drip to make sure you do not dehydrate. The next morning at around 9 am another doctor comes in along with several other people, the bandage is removed and the entry point inspected and it was decided that everything looked okay and that I could be discharged that morning. I was back in my hotel by midday on the Thursday. You are also given a very basic breakfast which I was grateful for having not eaten for almost 24 hours.
On Saturday the Eurotreatmed driver arrived at my hotel and delivered me back to the airport.
On Sunday I arrived back home and I was able to get the urologist at my local hospital to remove the urinary catheter which I had been using since the end of February.
It has now been a month since my procedure and I am very pleased with the results. My urinary flow rate is excellent far better than it has been for many years. I cannot speak too highly of the Eurotreatmed representative Ms Swinder who was always available and always in contact via WhatsApp and since arriving back home has continued to ask about my progress. Ms Swinder was also the contact before arriving in Katowice and was very helpful regarding the whole procedure from start to finish.
My advice is that if you are having problems regarding urinary flow and are considering a procedure the PAE procedure is probably the least invasive and produces excellent results. I would definitely recommend Eurotreatmed I am not only pleased with the results but also the whole procedure from start to finish it could not have been handled any better.
I was 100% satisfied with the services of EuroTreatMed in arranging, organising and overseeing my PAE procedure in Katowice two weeks ago. I had previously had elsewhere in Poland private dental and physiotherapy services, so was confident that although EuroTreatMed was new to me, I would find good quality prostate treatment there. Maja Swinder their Patient Coordinator has very good command of both written and spoken English, and there were no language barriers with her. In my opinion, she has also excellent customer care skills.
I was in the clinic for three nights, and have needed about a week back home to fully recover.
Overall, including travel costs, the price was substantially below that in the UK.
I would use EuroTreatMed again for elective treatment in Poland
MD PhD Tomasz Ludyga
Dr Tomasz Ludyga – a very experienced vascular surgeon. He received the degree of doctor of medical sciences with distinction in 2000. In the years 1994 – 2008 he was an assistant at the Department of General and Vascular Surgery of the Silesian Medical Academy. Author of numerous publications in the field of vascular surgery published in Poland and abroad. Lecturer at prestigious medical and scientific centers in the USA (New Jersey), Argentina (Buenos Aires), Switzerland. Speaks Polish and English. The first to perform PAE surgery in the south of Poland. He perform the PAE procedures regularly since May, 2015. He holds three medical specialisations in angiology, venous procedures, general surgery, he also has a great interest in innovative BPH treatments.
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