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Prostate procedure puts golfer back on course

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Dr. Blake Parsons
Dr. Blake Parsons

It's hard to play golf when you have to keep an eye out for a bathroom and deal with lower back pain.

But, that’s what avid golfer Mark Day faced when he suffered from an enlarged prostate.

“Before, I was playing golf every day,” Day said. “I'd get home from work and go walk nine holes. That was my exercise program.”

However, his prostate problem changed all that and his life in general this past year.

"Because of my lower back pain, I couldn't play golf. I couldn't swing the golf club. I was hurting every time I swung the golf club,” Day said.

That was until he discovered a minimally invasive procedure performed by Dr. Blake Parsonsof Oklahoma City’s CardioVascular Health Clinic to treat prostate enlargement, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

An independent businessman who has worked in the oil business for the past 40 years, Day said his prostate problems began at about age 55. He described many of the typical symptoms associated with BPH, including urgency and frequent urination.

“You plan your life around making sure a bathroom is close,” he said. “I kept expecting things to get better, but they didn’t.”

About two years after he first noticed symptoms, his urologist prescribed medication intended to relax the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, making it easier to urinate. At first, it was one pill a day. By age 62, he was taking two pills a day but still waking up multiple times a night to go to the bathroom, often five or six times.

His urologist suggested a urolift, a procedure that lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. His research did not make this procedure seem like a good solution. Some said it helped at first, but as time went on, the problems returned.

He also looked at TURP as an alternative, but talking with those who had undergone the procedure dissuaded him. It’s invasive and not always successful. During transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), the doctor removes portions of the prostate that are affecting urine flow.

It was this online searching that led Day to researching prostate artery embolization (PAE), which he discovered was common in some countries, but not in the U.S. He searched for PAE treatment in Oklahoma. That led to Dr. Parsons.

"Blake Parsons came up as the only guy in Oklahoma who can do it,” Day said. He signed up immediately for a consultation and within a week he had an appointment with Dr. Parsons.

“Our approach is nonsurgical,” Dr. Parsons said. “We access the prostate through the wrist or groin, placing small microspheres into the arteries supplying the prostate. This decreases the blood flow, and therefore causes the prostate to shrink. Patients typically recover within two days.”

PAE is performed as an outpatient prostate treatment procedure and typically lasts about 90 minutes.

“Afterward, I had no pain,” Day said. “Within a week, I started noticing very positive things. Not having to go to the bathroom. Not having the urgency problems."

And, he was back on the golf course within a week.

"It was a totally new experience,” he said. “I had the lowest golf score I've had in several years. Beat all the guys I was playing with and have had no back pain since.”

For more information about the prostate artery embolization procedure, call (405) 369-5443 or go to

This article is sponsored by CardioVascular Health Clinic.

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