Embolization for BPH shows long-term safety, efficacyMay 18th 2017
Findings of a retrospective study including 1,000 men with follow-up ranging to 8 years demonstrate the long-term safety and efficacy of prostatic artery embolization for relieving lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to BPH, researchers reported at the Society of Interventional Radiology annual scientific meeting in Washington.
Urologists show low adherence to value-based care pathwayMay 13th 2017
Urologists’ adherence to value-based care pathways for BPH surgery is extremely low and only modestly improved when given individualized feedback on patient outcomes, costs, and practice patterns relative to peers, say UCLA researchers.
MRI, ultrasound detect post-burst wave lithotripsy injuryMarch 1st 2017
Researchers who are investigating burst-wave lithotripsy, a potential alternative treatment for kidney stones, report that magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound scans hold promise as tools to help scientists analyze related kidney injuries.
‘Smart’ water bottle may help with stone preventionFebruary 1st 2017
Despite the excruciating nature of kidney stones, many people can't manage to lower their risk by simply drinking more liquid. Now, a new study finds that one potential tool-a water bottle with a built-in consumption sensor and smartphone link-accurately tracks how much people drink.
Uro Pipeline: FDA accepts biologics license application for bladder Ca agentJanuary 13th 2017
Other pipeline developments discussed include an implantable device for OAB treatment, a subcutaneous hypogonadism treatment, efficacy results for an HPV drug, and the status of a device-based BPH treatment.
Anticoagulant use in URS patients ups bleeding riskDecember 22nd 2016
Patients undergoing ureteroscopy while remaining on anticoagulant therapy may be at increased risk for bleeding complications, including significant bleeding events and unplanned returns to the operating room, according to a retrospective study
Stone retrieval device shows high versatility, efficacyDecember 22nd 2016
Results from bench studies favor a new open-faced stone retrieval device (Dakota, Boston Scientific) for having greater versatility, efficacy, and durability compared with a competing product, and the in vitro performance of the new instrument is consistent with early clinical experience, says Roger L. Sur, MD.
Use new data to inform unique patient groupDecember 22nd 2016
"Increasingly, urologists are faced with patients who cannot safely discontinue anticoagulation or antiplatelet medications, even in the face of an impending surgical procedure. This is a trend that is likely to continue into the foreseeable future," writes Brian R. Matlaga, MD, MPH.
Study: Patients taking aspirin can safely undergo PCNLDecember 1st 2016
Percutaneous nephrolithotomy in the presence of aspirin appears both effective and safe. In a retrospective review of almost 300 PCNL cases, postoperative hemorrhage was uncommon in patients who continued aspirin preoperatively, said Brandon Otto, MD, at the AUA annual meeting in San Diego.
FDA’s updated fluoroquinolone warnings: What urologists should knowNovember 11th 2016
. Prescribers should know that the FDA has updated its warnings to say that fluoroquinolones should not be prescribed to patients who have other treatment options for acute bacterial sinusitis, acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections