Prostate artery embolization is a modern, minimally invasive enlarged prostate treatment options Denver doctors offer for enlarged prostate – a small intervention performed to block the blood flow to the parts of the prostate that are enlarge, thus preventing further growth and causing the enlarge prostate to shrink back to normal size.
The embolization procedure is performed in a hospital environment by an interventional radiologist experienced in using advanced medical technologies. Like any medical procedure, prostate artery embolization also entails some risks, such as the appearance of blood in the urine or in the stool or the infection of the puncture through which the catheter has been introduced, but in most cases, these problems resolve on their own within a few days or weeks following the intervention or they can be treated with a short course of medication.
The recovery after the embolization is usually fast. Most patients can leave the hospital within a few hours after the surgery. The shrinking process usually takes about six or seven months to complete and to reach the expected 20-40% decrease in size, with the first improvements being noticeable within a one or two months after the intervention. The results usually last for about 3-4 years, after which the prostate might start growing again.