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Prostate Artery Embolization

Minimally Invasive Treatment that Improves Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms.

Prostate Artery Embolization

Minimally Invasive Treatment that Improves Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms.

Prostate Artery Embolization:
The Alternative Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Treatment

If you are suffering from symptoms of an enlarged prostate, you might be looking into your treatment options.  Perhaps you’ve tried medical therapy unsuccessfully. Or, you’ve considered surgical treatments but are not a candidate or don’t want to risk the side effects. 

Fortunately, there’s a less invasive option with minimal to no side effects. 

Prostate Artery Embolization only requires a small incision and has a high rate of success.  This procedure is especially helpful for patients who are high risk for surgery, have very large prostates or indwelling bladder catheters.

The Embolization Process

This procedure is handled by the interventional radiology department because it requires x-ray guidance.  

Instead of surgery, the doctor is able to make a small incision.  Local anesthesia is used for the small incision and you will also receive conscious sedation through an IV line to keep you comfortable.  The doctor then uses x-ray guidance to steer a small catheter into the arteries supplying your prostate. Small beads will then be injected to block the flow of blood to your prostate. This causes the prostate to shrink and your symptoms to improve.

The process usually takes about 2 hours.

Prostate Artery Embolization Recovery

You should start to feel improvement in about 2-4 weeks. In the first one to two weeks, you might experience the following side effects:

  • Most Common
    • Frequent urination, including at night.
    • Urgent need to urinate.
  • Less Common
    • Some pelvic discomfort.
    • Blood in your urine or semen.
    • Nausea and vomiting.

Other rare risks of the procedure include urinary tract infections, delayed bleeding at the puncture site, inability to urinate that may require a catheter and unintentionally blocked vessels to adjacent organs. 

Why Choose Lourdes: Virtual Health System?

Our interventional radiologists have extensive skill and experience performing embolizations.  We collaborate with our Urologists to tailor the best treatment plan for each patient.

Please call 856-968-2520 to schedule a consultation with one of our interventional radiologists.

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