At the last European Congress of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (CIRSE) held in Barcelona on 7-11 September, I was invited by the organization to give WORKSHOPS with simulators on PROSTATIC EMBOLIZATION and acute arterial bleeding, as well as to talk about the most frequent complications after prostate embolization. Once again, the congress served to bring together the best specialists in the world in prostate embolization, and see that this technique is increasingly performed in more hospitals in the world, with excellent clinical results and quality of life for patients, with few complications.
There are currently more than 100 publications about prostate embolization, and all of them demonstrated the efficacy and safety of the technique.
The fundamental advantages of prostate embolization over conventional prostate surgery are as follows:
- It can be performed under local anaesthesia, without the need for general anaesthesia or spinal anaesthesia.
- It is a completely painless procedure during and after the procedure.
- It can be performed on an outpatient basis (the patient is discharged 5 hours after the procedure).
- It can be used for any prostate size, and also in prostate with big middle lobe.
- It can be done in patients with urinary catheter and in patients taking anticoagulants.
- It is a cheaper procedure than urologic surgery.
- After prostate embolization, surgery can be done if needed (in fact it facilitates it, by reducing the risk of intra-operative and postoperative bleeding).
- Prostate embolization preserves sexual function and does not produce retrograde ejaculation or urinary incontinence.