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Transcatheter Embolization

What is Transcatheter Embolization?

The transcatheter embolization procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). This procedure offers a less invasive alternative to surgery for those who are ideal candidates. The main goal of this procedure is to block the artery that supplies blood to the tumor.

Who is a Candidate for Transcatheter Embolization?

Transcatheter embolization for kidney cancer may be ideal as a palliative treatment for individuals who are not ideal candidates for surgery. An in-depth conversation should be had with your physician to determine if this procedure is right for you.

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The Transcatheter Embolization Procedure

During a transcatheter embolization, your physician will use X-ray guidance to insert a catheter from an artery in the groin or arm into the artery supplying the affected kidney. An occluding agent made up of biodegradable or inert particles is administered into the blood vessels leading to the tumor. The particles work to shut down the blood supply to the tumor, which deprives the tumor of oxygen and helps to shrink it.

Larger kidney tumors or those with a large blood supply are often pretreated in this manner to improve the uniformity and safety of the ablation procedure. This procedure is very safe and can be done on an outpatient basis in our Broward and Palm Beach County offices under conscious sedation.


William Julien, MD

Board-Certified Vascular Interventional Physician


Mana Khatkar, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant


Anissa Rodriguez, NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner


Transcatheter Embolization Aftercare

Following this procedure, you may experience some discomfort which can be easily controlled with medication. Most people can resume normal activities within a week; however, it is vital to follow your doctor’s specific aftercare instructions for optimal outcomes.

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For more information regarding transcatheter embolization, please contact South Florida Vascular Associates by giving us a call or filling out our online form. We serve the greater Southeast Florida areas with locations in Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, and Plantation, FL.