Prostate artery embolization is a modern and very efficient procedure performed by an interventional radiologist to treat the symptoms caused by prostate enlargement. Here are some things to know about how the process goes and what you can expect in terms of improved prostate health:
- The process – prostate artery embolization is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the insertion of a catheter into the groin area through which the interventional radiologist or endovascular specialist introduces a substance that will temporarily block the blood supply to the prostate gland. The process will take about an hour, afterwards the patient is required to stay in the doctor’s office for supervision for another hour or two, then he is released and allowed to go home.
- The benefits – prostate artery embolization is among the most popular MIVA Medical treatment options available today for prostate enlargement, owing its popularity to the very short recovery time and the positive results that are almost instant. The process requires only a small incision, which reduces the risk of infections and complications.
- Things to know – in most cases, prostate artery embolization provides lasting results, but not a permanent solution. The intervention will cause the prostate gland to reduce in size considerably and the gland is likely to stay that way for years, but it will eventually start increasing in size again.