Yes, all patients with BPH, knee pain, or those seeking weight loss, will need to be seen in clinic for a thorough evaluation and to answer all of their questions before an embolization procedure can be scheduled.
Yes. All procedures take about 1-2 hours to perform under intravenous drug sedation and local skin anesthesia at a tiny puncture site in either the wrist or groin. Afterwards, you will rest in a highly monitored recovery room for about two hours before being discharged home.
Our procedures involve little or no discomfort. With intravenous drug anesthesia, you will probably feel relaxed and sleepy and may not even feel the injection of lidocaine for local anesthesia in the wrist or groin. While recovering from the procedure, you should feel little or no pain.
Most of Embokare’s procedures cost approximately $15,000 - $20,000, or about the cost of many typical plastic surgery operations.
Like with most plastic surgery procedures, you will need to demonstrate your ability to cover the cost of the procedure before the embolization can be scheduled. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways with cash, check, credit card, and even a medical credit company loan.
“For years I had been suffering from worsening BPH. It was embarrassing to ride in a car with band members for long distances because we’d have to pull over every half-hour for me to go to the restroom. I was getting up about nine times a night to relieve myself. I heard about prostate embolization from my primary care doctor. The procedure was quick and painless,and within a few days, my frequent urination was already much improved. My sleep improved dramatically. I haven’t had a problem in four years."
“I had to undergo the insertion of an intra cranial vascular stent to treat vertigo and dizziness that required me to be on long-term blood-thinning medicine. However, I also suffered from frequent urination caused by BPH. In the months following my stent placement, my BPH also caused severe bleeding from my penis (hematuria) bad enough to require a blood transfusion. A urologist who saw me in the hospital said that I needed to stop my blood-thinners, but this could have cause my brain artery stent to clot-off, threatening stoke or death. Instead, an Embokare physician performed prostate embolization which immediately stopped the bleeding. Within a few days my frequent urination was really decreased. It was like night and day!”
“My sister, Maria, is an adult with Down’s syndrome, who was suffering from a large chronic subdural brain hemorrhage that was causing severe compression of the left side of her brain. This large collection of blood recurred even after open brain surgery to drain the blood. Our Embokare doctor was able to quickly and safely inject tiny particles into the left skull-base artery responsible for her chronic intracranial blood accumulation. Several months after this minimally invasive procedure, a brain CT showed nearly complete disappearance of the blood collection. My sister seemed much more alert and responsive after this procedure!”
“I was suffering from long and heavy periods leading to anemia. I also had to urinate frequently. My gynecologist performed an ultrasound exam that revealed multiple large uterine fibroids that were responsible for my heavy periods and they were pressing on my bladder. She referred me to the Embokare physician who performed uterine artery embolization. The procedure was quick and virtually painless. Afterward,my discomfort was easily controlled with oral medication. In about a week I was able to resume my usual activities and my bladder symptoms were gone. My periods began to return in about two months. They’re now lighter and shorter.”