Prostate artery embolization is the latest treatment for enlarged prostate, a method that consists of a minimally invasive intervention to release microscopic particles into the artery that feeds the prostate to cause the gland to shrink by reducing the blood flow to it. Here are some indications when you should consider it as an option:
- The prostate enlargement is benign – embolization is commonly used for the treatment of benign enlargements. If the prostate gland has changed in size due to a malignancy, the patient will probably need to undergo more radical treatment, such as complete prostate removal and chemotherapy;
- Drugs have not been efficient – there are many medicines available for the treatment of benign prostate enlargement, but the available medication does not work for everyone. The patients who have exhausted other options are usually great candidates for embolization;
- Patients who don’t want or cannot undergo more radical interventions – prostate artery embolization can be safely performed on patients who could not undergo an intervention performed under sedation because they are suffering from a heart condition or from another affection that makes surgical interventions risky. However, the candidates need to meet certain criteria with embolization as well – they need to have good kidney function and they cannot be allergic to the contrast material injected during the procedure.
To find out whether benign prostatic hyperplasia treatment Denver offers is a viable option for you, the best solution is to contact a specialist.