Embolization

At Providence, we believe in using advanced treatments to better the lives of our patients. Through embolization procedures, we’re able to improve the quality of life of patients affected by aneurysms, uterine fibroids or various cancers.

Embolization is a common procedure used to block the flow of blood. Through minimally-invasive techniques, a catheter is inserted into a target blood vessel and, using materials like gel and synthetic coils, blocks blood flow. 

Blocking blood flow with an embolization can help control abnormal bleeding in emergency situations, repair damaged artery connections or prevent and control aneurysms. 

When it comes to cancer treatment, blocking blood supply to a tumor can help make the tumor shrink. This allows surgeons to remove cancerous tumors more effectively. 

 

Embolization procedures are minimally-invasive and performed under mild sedation and local anesthesia. General anesthesia may also be used should the patient desire it. 

Before the procedure, diagnostic imaging scans such as CT and MRI scans may be administered to help image the targeted blood vessel location. 

During the procedure, an interventional radiologist uses a small incision, often in the leg, to insert a catheter. Using advanced imaging technology, the catheter is guided to the specific point in the vessel where intervention is required. 

Once there, the tip of the catheter uses embolic agents to close off the flow of blood. The procedure is one of the more optimal ways to control bleeding without the need for major surgery.  

As with any procedure, some complications and side effects may arise. For an embolization procedure, these include:

  • Infection of the incision
  • Damaged blood vessels
  • Damage to adjacent organs