Prostate Artery Embolization
Prostate artery embolization is a minimally invasive procedure to shrink an enlarged prostate gland. It offers men with benign prostatic hyperplasia a treatment option other than major surgery.
How prostate artery embolization works
Interventional radiologists use imaging devices, such as X-ray or ultrasound, to guide thin plastic tubes into arteries that supply blood to the prostate. They deliver tiny beads into the vessels to block blood flow and shrink the gland.
We use local anesthesia and moderate sedation, instead of full anesthesia, for this arterial embolization. Usually, you can go home the same day of the procedure.
Most patients return to regular activities a day or two after the procedure. Symptoms typically improve in a few weeks as the prostate shrinks.
Arterial embolization is a safe and minimally invasive procedure. It reduces risk of complications, causes less pain and shortens recovery time, compared to surgery.
Who is a candidate for the procedure?
Men with an enlarged prostate may consider prostate arterial embolization as an alternative to major surgery. The procedure relieves symptoms, such as frequent urination, incomplete emptying of the bladder, difficulty urinating and incontinence.
Arterial embolization is not an option for men diagnosed with precancerous or cancerous tumors in the prostate.
Our interventional radiologists work closely with your urologist and other specialists to provide information that can help you choose the right treatment for you.
We're here to help
If you have symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia, talk with your healthcare provider about prostate arterial embolization. Our interventional radiologists also are available to talk with you about the best treatment option for you.
Our interventional radiology services offer an alternative to surgery for patients with a wide range of conditions, including cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal conditions, urologic problems or men’s and women’s health issues.
Call (574) 533-7476 for an appointment with our interventional radiology team.