Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)

A minimally invasive treatment for men with enlarged prostate (BPH)

Symptoms of enlarged prostate (BPH):

  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate (especially at night)
  • Weak urine stream
  • Difficulty beginning urination or dribbling at the end
  • Inability to completely empty the bladder

This condition may ultimately lead to painful urination, incontinence, reduced sex drive and even erectile dysfunction. Men with BPH have a new treatment option that is effective and helps them avoid open surgery.

North Star Vascular and Interventional offers a new and minimally invasive treatment option for BPH  

At North Star Vascular and Interventional, we can treat BPH with a convenient, outpatient 90-minute procedure called prostate artery embolization (PAE). It requires no more than a small nick in the skin. No general anesthesia. No downtime. Fast results.

Prostate artery embolization is recommended for patients who:

  • Have an enlarged prostate (greater than 80 grams)
  • Have not been able to control their BPH symptoms with medication
  • Have refractory hematuria
  • Do not wish to have surgery
  • Have chronic kidney disease, are on anticoagulants or smoke cigarettes


If you have BPH symptoms that are negatively impacting the quality of your life, don’t wait until the symptoms get worse! We invite you to consult with us. Our doctors will work with both you and your doctor to help you understand the extent of your condition and determine if PAE is a treatment option for you. 

Call (952) 960-9399 today!

Jafar Golzarian

North Star’s very own Jafar Golzarian, M.D. was the first doctor to perform prostate artery embolization (PAE) in the U.S.

PAE partially blocks the flow of blood to the prostate, causing it to shrink and symptoms to reduce or disappear.

PAE treatment is covered by most insurance and may be performed in our convenient outpatient setting. For more information, please call (952) 960-9399 or click here where you can download a brochure and information to share with your doctor.
What is an enlarged prostate (BPH)?

BPH is one of the most common health problems, affecting half of all men 51-60 and up to 90% of men older than 80. A normal male prostate gland is the size of a walnut. With BPH, it can grow as large as a tennis ball. The enlarging prostate can put pressure on the urethra, restricting the flow of urine.

Will BPH go away on its own?

Unfortunately, no. Left untreated, BPH can lead to urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder damage, bladder stones, kidney damage (or chronic renal failure) and urinary retention (the inability to urinate).

Prostate artery embolization is an alternative treatment to prostate surgery

Until recently, men had one treatment option for BPH—a surgery called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). During this surgery, a portion of the prostate gland is removed using an electric current or laser.

If you do not wish to have this surgery, or if you are seeking a less invasive way to achieve symptom relief, the doctors at North Star Vascular and Interventional will work with your urologist and care team to help determine the best treatment option for you.

Please fill out the form below and we will contact you to schedule a consult.

Learn more about enlarged prostate (BPH) and treatments here.

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