for Enlarged Prostate
A promising new treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) has been developed which involves blocking the bloodflow to the prostate with small particles using minimally invasive techniques. This procedure is performed under conscious sedation as an outpatient through a small tube called a catheter which enters through a tiny puncture in the groin or wrist.
Once the blood flow to the prostate is reduced, it shrinks over a period of a couple of weeks and continues to shrink over a few months. In a recent study of 500 patients who underwent prostate embolization, significant clinical improvement was noted in 87 percent of men three months after the procedure, 80 percent after
18 months, and 72 percent after three years.
The procedure has never been associated with sexual dysfunction or impotence, unlike most of the surgical options. While there are many surgical techniques to treat BPH currently available, prostate embolization is another option available to patients, particularly those who are averse to surgical procedures or who are not candidates for any more invasive surgical procedures.