The procedure called prostatic artery embolization or PAE and uses a catheter threaded into an artery in the leg and is guided to the artery that supplies blood to the prostate.
Tiny beads are then injected into the artery, which temporarily block the blood supply to the prostate. As a result of the loss of blood supply the prostate shrinks subsequently relieving symptoms. And according to the small study’s lead author the new treatment doesn’t appear to have the same side effects and potential complications as current treatment options.
Until recently the procedure has only been available as part the study’s clinical trial, however some interventional radiologists have started performing prostatic artery embolization, and it is anticipated the procedure will become more widespread later this year.