Published on January 22, 2020

Know a Man Over 50 with an Enlarged Prostate? Be Sure to Share this Article about a New Procedure at Silver Cross


An enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is one of the most common prostate problems in men over the age of 50, affecting approximately 50 percent of men.  The prostate gland is located underneath the bladder, so when the prostate enlarges, it begins to block the urine flow. Having this condition may cause frequent or urgent needs to urinate, difficulty in starting urination, weak urine stream or the inability to completely empty the bladder. 

Treatment option for BPH

Once you’ve been diagnosed with BPH, your doctor will discuss all treatment options, but an innovative treatment called Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive procedure performed by an Interventional Radiologist in an outpatient setting, meaning you will not need to spend the night at the hospital.  This procedure can reduce the size of the prostate and relieve the urinary tract problems mentioned above. 

PAE has less risk of sexual side effects, less pain and a shorter recovery time than a traditional surgery.

What is the PAE Procedure Like and Is It Really Safe?

Through image guidance, an interventional radiologist (IR) makes a small incision in either the groin or wrist to insert a tiny catheter into an artery and points it to the blood vessels of the prostate. The IR then blocks the blood flow to specific areas of the prostate, depriving those cells of oxygen, resulting in the shrinkage of the prostate gland.

According to the Society of Interventional Radiology, the major complication rate of the PAE procedure is estimated to be less than 0.5%.

Where Can I Learn More About This Minimally Invasive Procedure?

Join Dr. Feraz Rahman, M.D., on Feb. 4, for a free informational session where he will discuss this highly effective procedure.  The session begins at 5pm.  All are welcome to join! Click here to register for this FREE event.

About the Doctor

Dr. Feraz RahmanDr. Rahman is a board-certified radiologist who believes in practicing clinical patient-centered interventional radiology and offers the full spectrum of interventional radiology procedures.  He practices with Advanced Midwest Radiology and his office is located at 1890 Silver Cross Boulevard (Pavilion A), Suite 440 in New Lenox.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.