Embolization is the closure of a vessel. Arterial embolization can be used to treat a variety of tumors and certain types of vascular malformations. Large vessels are occluded with coils, plugs, and or glue, while small vessels are occluded with small particles or ethanol.

Preparing for the Procedure

Your child will be sedated for the procedure and will need to be fasting.

During the Procedure

After cleaning the skin, a small catheter is placed in the femoral artery. The catheter is then directed with a wire to the desired location. Embolization is then performed as dictated by the artery size and location.

After the Procedure

Your child will be admitted overnight for monitoring and pain control and likely discharged home the following day.