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Prostate artery embolisation

Shrinking an enlarged prostate

A minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure to treat an enlarged prostate by shrinking it

About

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland near the neck of the bladder. An enlarged prostate or prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) isn't normally cancerous but it can put pressure on the urethra and make it difficult to pass urine.

A prostate artery embolisation is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure designed to treat an enlarged prostate by blocking off the arteries that feed it. By doing so, it shrinks the prostate.

Need to know

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    A catheter (thin, flexible plastic tube) will be inserted into an artery in your groin. Then, using an X-ray, your consultant will guide the catheter into your prostate arteries (left and right). They'll use the catheter to inject a special X-ray dye down the catheter and into the arteries. After they have identified the prostate blood supply, they'll inject a fluid filled with tiny particles. This fluid will flow into the prostate arteries and block them off. The procedure can take up to two hours. You'll be given a sedative beforehand, which will relax you. You'll also receive a local anaesthetic to numb your right groin.
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    Your consultant will explain the prostate artery embolisation and answer any questions you might have. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. There is a slight risk of injury to the bladder, rectum and genitals because of their close proximity to the prostate. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    After having your prostate artery embolisation, your urology consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine. You'll most likely be called back for a post-op appointment, to discuss the effectiveness of the embolisation.
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