Prostatic embolization

Alternative to surgery or medical treatment with proven safety and efficacy in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia

Prostate embolisation is a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia with proven safety and efficacy.

It is a minimally invasive procedure, not surgery, which is performed under local anaesthesia. Guided by sophisticated x-ray equipment, an interventional radiologist "navigates" through the arterial system to the prostatic arteries. Once inside these arteries, they are occluded by means of very small particles, called microspheres. The closure of the arteries causes a significant reduction in the blood supply to the prostate, reducing its size and therefore making it easier for the urine to flow out.

After prostatic embolisation most patients have a great improvement in their urinary symptoms from the first 3-4 days after the procedure. As for patients carrying urinary catheters, 80-87% of them are removed between the first and third week after the procedure and there is a significant improvement in their urinary symptoms.

We have the most experienced specialists in Spain in carrying out the treatment of prostatic arterial embolisation to solve benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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Prostatic embolisation is an effective and safe medium term technique as an alternative to surgical treatments in selected patients

It is a painless technique during and after the procedure, which is performed under local anaesthesia.

It can be performed on an outpatient basis (the patient is discharged 5 hours after the procedure).

It is suitable for any prostate size, although the long-term results of the surgery cannot be guaranteed.

It can be performed on catheterised patients and on patients taking anticoagulants and/or anti-aggregants.

The performance of this procedure does NOT prevent the subsequent performance of urological surgery, in fact it facilitates it by reducing the risk of bleeding.

Prostatic embolisation preserves sexual function and does not produce retrograde ejaculation or urinary incontinence.

When is prostatic embolisation indicated?

Patients who are candidates for prostate embolisation:

  • Those who refuse pharmacological or surgical treatment, who have contraindications for surgery (mainly due to the risk of bleeding).
  • Patients after the failure of prostate surgery.
  • Patients with an indwelling urinary catheter with a surgical contraindication.
  • Patients with large volume prostates to reduce it and consider subsequent surgery.
  • Patients with a history of pelvic surgery or irradiation, among others.