Prostate artery embolization is a modern, minimally invasive procedure usually performed by an interventional radiologist. This procedure uses the most advanced medical benign prostatic hyperplasia treatment Denver technologies and is also one that today is considered to be a routine intervention. Here is what to expect of the quick and easy process:
- The preparations – prostate artery embolization usually does not require the patient to prepare. Still, the doctor performing the intervention will probably provide the patient with all the necessary details.
- The intervention – in most cases, prostate artery embolization lasts around an hour, and that duration includes the amount of time needed for the local anesthetic to work. The doctor will administer a local anesthetic in the area where the catheter will be introduced. The specialist will insert the catheter and will move on with the procedure. The embolization process involves the introduction of microscopic particles into the artery to temporarily cut off the blood supply to the prostate, which will cause the gland to shrink.
- Follow-up – after the intervention, the patient will probably be required to spend about an hour longer in the hospital to be monitored in case of any adverse reaction. There is no such adverse reaction in most cases, and all that the patient will experience is some minor discomfort in the surgical area.