This procedure is performed under an X-ray, where the Interventional Radiologist is able to see specific targeted areas real time during the procedure. The patient will lie on the X-ray table on their back. They will be given sedative and pain medication through an IV to ensure they are comfortable and relaxed. They will be covered in a sterile drape, the only exposed area being the small space the needle will be inserted.
The skin and deeper tissue around the groin will be anesthetized with local anesthetic. A needle containing a fine plastic tube called a sheath, over a wire and catheter will be inserted into the artery. The needle will then be withdrawn, leaving the Sheath in place.
The Interventional Radiologist will then work through this Sheath using small wires and catheters, and positions it at the arteries supplying the prostate with blood. A special X-ray dye (called contrast) is injected through the catheter into the prostate arteries to identify the targeted blood supply path. Then tiny particles are injected into this artery, that will block the blood supply to the prostate. Lastly all of the catheters and sheaths are removed.