Embolization is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It is performed by an interventional radiologist, a doctor who specializes in minimally invasive procedures.
What is Embolization?
Embolization is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It is typically performed by an interventional radiologist, a doctor who specializes in minimally invasive procedures.
Embolization involves the delivery of small particles or liquids through a catheter (thin tube) to the site of the problem. The particles or liquid then block off the blood supply to the area, shrink the problem tissue, and relieve symptoms.
Embolization can be used to treat conditions such as:
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
- Bleeding disorders
- Cancerous and noncancerous tumors
- Enlarged prostate
- Kidney stones
- Uterine fibroids
- Knee pain
Emboization is generally a safe and effective procedure with minimal side effects. Complications are rare, but can include bleeding, infection, and reaction to the contrast dye used during the procedure.
If you have been diagnosed with a condition that may be treated with embolization, your doctor will refer you to an interventional radiologist for further evaluation. During your consultation, your interventional radiologist will review your medical history and imaging studies to determine if embolization is right for you. If you are a candidate for embolization, the interventional radiologist will develop a treatment plan specifically for you.