Prostatic Artery Embolization
New code for Prostatic Artery Embolization under root operation (Occlusion)
For 2023, a new code was introduced for Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) under root operation (Occlusion). It is in the same body system, Lower Arteries, as Uterine Artery Embolization. PAE helps improve benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms by blocking blood flow to areas of the prostate most affected by BPH. This results in the necrosis of the isolated regions. These areas of necrosis cause the prostate to initially be softer, alleviating some of the pressure that is causing blockage of the urine. Over several months, the body’s immune system reabsorbs the dead tissue and replaces it with a scar. This scar tissue slowly contracts to result in shrinkage of the prostate. Over six months, the prostate will shrink by 20-40%, resulting in improved and less frequent urination. Amazing technology!