It seems unlikely the FDA would ever consider approving the Gat Goren, which is a unique procedure being done overseas. What is more likely is that they will approve the PAE done in the US for bph. That procedure is approved in the US for hematuria but not for bph. But many US facilities are performing the PAE both in FDA trials, and for bph patients.
I think the only difference is that Medicare and some insurance plans won't cover it for bph. But if you get it for hematuria they might. On another forum discussing PAE, patients in the US, Australia and the UK are getting PAE and in many cases it is covered by insurance, or by their national health services. In other cases people are paying about
$6,000 plus travel expenses to get the procedure.
Based on about
4 years of trials and also from anecdotal posts by people on the other forum, the PAE (like the Gat Goren) works for some people and doesn't work for others. But no one for who it didn't work has posted any negative side effects other than some initial bruising and healing pains.
You can find the other forum thread by googling this phrase:
Has anyone out there had a "Prostate Artery Embolization??
The forum is patient dot info but googling the above line will bring you to the thread which has about
For those for whom it works, trials have reported a 25% to 33% reduction in prostate volume over a six month period, which has resulted in a large improvement in symptoms. The gains have persisted in the trials over the following 18 months. I think 2 years is as much as has been reported on.
To me it seems the results are similar to the posted results on people taking avodart ... a 25% reduction in prostate volume in six months, which persists as long as the person taking the drug. So for me the issue is
whether I want to continue taking the drug for life, or at some point have the PAE and stop taking the drug.
Not every one can have a PAE. They have to map the artery path to the prostate with an MRI with dye to see if it can be done. I think most people can get it done, though they say people with "torturous arteries" can not.
Clap, what are you doing for your prostate bph issues?
Martin Victor Hi. You say that this Sperling approach has FDA approval. I couldn't find it on their site. But, if it has, that is certainly a standard not to be sneered at. Although, there is no attempt to provide the visitor to the site with any statistics as to the success or failure of the procedure. It does say: Low Risk of Incontinence, Low Risk of Impotence, which is actually a bit ominous.
I would, of course, change my skeptical approach to the GG method if it had FDA approval and still had no statistics pertaining to success or failure rates. The GG method seems so much less invasive than having an optical fiber inserted into the prostate by way of my rectum.
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