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Prostate Embolization

What is Prostate Embolization?

Prostate embolization is a minimally invasive procedure that treats benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as prostate enlargement. Our experienced South Florida Vascular Associates team performs prostate embolization on-site at the cutting-edge endovascular surgery suite. It’s a same-day procedure, so you can return home afterward.

Prostate embolization can significantly relieve the problematic symptoms of BPH. The procedure requires just a small groin incision and only intravenous sedation, which is a sharp contrast to surgeries that typically require large incisions, general anesthesia, and significant downtime.

Some BPH treatments, like transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), carry an increased risk of sexual side effects such as erectile dysfunction. Prostate embolization has fewer side effects and a lower risk of complications than TURP.  Some men may even experience improved sexual function following prostate embolization.

Who is a Candidate for Prostate Embolization?

You may benefit from prostate embolization if BPH is causing uncomfortable and bothersome symptoms such as increased urinary urgency and frequency, a weak urine stream, difficulty emptying your bladder, and discomfort during urination.

Before scheduling a prostate embolization procedure, you’ll need a full workup, which may include an urinalysis, digital rectal exam, prostate gland imaging, and possibly a test to rule out prostate cancer to ensure this procedure is right for you.

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The Prostate Embolization Procedure

During prostate embolization, our team creates a tiny incision in your groin. They use a specialized type of X-ray guidance to locate the specific blood vessels that deliver blood to your prostate gland.

Then, they inject many microscopic plastic beads to block part of the blood supplying your prostate gland. The team then moves to the other side of your body to treat the blood vessels supplying that part of your prostate gland. They often use the same incision to treat both halves of your prostate gland.

Prostate Embolization Aftercare

Prostate embolization results usually take a couple of weeks to appear, and symptoms continue to improve over the next three or four months as the prostate steadily shrinks. The procedure won’t eliminate your prostate gland; it merely helps it return to a healthier size.


William Julien, MD

Board-Certified Vascular Interventional Physician


Mana Khatkar, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant


Anissa Rodriguez, NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner


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Up to 90% of men experience benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by the age of 85. BPH can cause issues like urinary urgency and difficulty controlling urination. Fortunately, prostate embolization at South Florida Vascular Associates can help. To learn more about prostate embolization for BPH, call our Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, and Plantation, Florida offices.