Prostate embolisation is a minimally-invasive procedure that blocks the arteries supplying blood to the prostate.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic in the radiology department by a radiologist (X-Ray doctor) who is experienced in this technique.
The radiologist uses an x-ray to guide the delivery of the small particles into the prostate arteries. The small particles and contrast dye (liquid used to make injuries or diseases visible on scans) are injected through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter.
The procedure is done under local anaesthetic and sedation.
Post-operative recovery is very quick and the majority of patients are discharged on the day of surgery.
Urinary symptoms may take up to 8 weeks to improve following the procedure.
Oxford University Hospitals Department of radiology have led the way in developing this technique within the UK. Should you wish to consider this procedure Jeremy Crew can refer you on to one of his radiology colleagues to discuss the procedure in more detail.