What is Prostate Artery Embolization?

Prostate artery embolization is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure used to treat benign prostate hyperplasia. It is performed by an interventional radiologist on an outpatient basis. In this procedure, the interventional radiologist will thread a tiny catheter through the artery in the groin to the arteries supplying blood to the prostate gland. Tiny beads will then be injected to embolize, or cut off the blood flow to, the prostate gland. The decreased blood flow causes the prostate gland to shrink, which helps to decrease the overall size of the prostate gland and relieve the symptoms of BPH.

Why would you need prostate artery embolization?

This minimally invasive procedure is an option for patients suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia. BPH is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland and is the most common benign tumor found in men. Learn more about benign prostate hyperplasia.

Risks Involved

Our ability to use imaging guidance and cutting-edge technology minimizes patient risk. Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you.

Conditions to let us know about

Let your doctor know if you are feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners.

Insurance coverage

Prostate Artery embolization is currently only covered by Medicare. Otherwise the procedure is self pay.

Preparing for your procedure

If you are on blood thinners your doctor will instruct you if you need to stop these medications prior to the procedure. Your procedure requires sedation. You will need a responsible adult to give you a ride home.

Recovering from your procedure

You will receive moderate sedation during your procedure. You will stay in the recovery area until you are ready for discharge. You will be given written post procedure discharge instructions that will advise you about return to normal physical activity. If you have any questions after your procedure, please call the RIA Interventional Suite at 720-493-3406

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