BPH technique efficacious even in severe obstructionMay 1st 2015
A patient follow-up report shows promising mid-term results from five German urology centers that implemented the prostatic urethral lift (UroLift System, NeoTract, Inc.) to alleviate symptomatic BPH in patients suffering from mild, moderate, and even severe obstruction.
Study supports BPH laser’s use in high-risk menMay 1st 2015
Laser photoselective vaporization prostatectomy using a 180W 532-nm lithium triborate laser (GreenLight XPS-180W laser system, American Medical Systems) is a safe and efficient option for treating BPH in men at high risk for surgical complications, according to findings from a large, international retrospective analysis.
Is billing for stone prevention counseling possible?May 1st 2015
In this Coding Q&A column, the Painters discuss the tricky question of whether you can bill for stone prevention counseling, and also answer a question about whether you can bill two instillation codes (51700) for one appointment.
Doctor Preparation for Overactive Bladder Patients (VIDEO)April 8th 2015
Caroline Rhea and Dr. Mueller speak about the steps Doctors can take to help OAB patients, from recognizing the various symptoms and behaviors of a potential OAB patient to the treatment options available for different types of OAB.
Coverage for OAB nerve stim device expandsMarch 2nd 2015
Uroplasty, Inc. announced that Cigna has written a positive coverage policy for percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation delivered via Uroplasty's Urgent PC neuromodulation system for treatment of overactive bladder and associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency, and urge incontinence.
Transfusion rate high with prostatectomy for BPHMarch 1st 2015
Analyses of data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project are providing understanding on trends in utilization of simple prostatectomy for treatment of symptomatic BPH and addressing the gap in information about its outcomes.
Anticholinergic cycling not effective in OAB with UIFebruary 1st 2015
The adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” does not appear to hold true when it comes to anticholinergic drug use in overactive bladder patients with urinary incontinence, recent study results indicate.
PTNS for overactive bladder: Patient selection and techniqueFebruary 1st 2015
This article provides a real-world definition of refractory overactive bladder and its prevalence, then examines treatment options, with a focus on percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation as a noninvasive form of neuromodulation “for the masses.”
January 2015 New Products: Ultrasound system offers multiple features, high-resolution imagesJanuary 2nd 2015
New products and services from Samsung Electronics America, Syneron Medical, American Medical Systems, New Star, Buffalo Filter, Cook Medical, Endo International, Trimel BioPharma Metamark, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
January 2015 Product Preview: FDA committee recommends approval of complicated UTI agentDecember 31st 2014
Drugs and devices in the pipeline from Actavis, Genomic Health, Lipella Pharmaceuticals, Polaris Group, Innocrin Pharmaceuticals, OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Heat Biologics, Repros Therapeutics, and Sophiris Bio.
Two-drug therapy fails to improve stent discomfortDecember 19th 2014
Adding an anticholinergic medication to an alpha-blocker does not appear to improve ureteral stent-related discomfort compared to monotherapy with an alpha-blocker alone, according to research presented by investigators from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
‘Continued success’ seen with botulinum injectionsDecember 1st 2014
Repeated onabotulinumtoxinA 100 U (onabotA [Botox]) injections continue to provide benefit for patients with overactive bladder syndrome and urinary incontinence and without evidence of any new safety concerns, according to results of a pre-specified interim analysis in an open-label, 3-year extension study.
Ultrasound stone repositioning found safe, effectiveNovember 25th 2014
Propulsion with low-intensity ultrasound is showing promise as a safe and effective method for noninvasive repositioning of kidney stones, according to the findings of a first human feasibility study being conducted by researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Urologist self-referral increases likelihood of CT, ESWLNovember 25th 2014
A review of initial surgical management for patients with urolithiasis has identified an association between urologist self-referral and an increased likelihood of undergoing computed tomography imaging and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) compared with non-self-referring physicians.
Fluids, meds highlight ACP stone prevention guideNovember 10th 2014
Individuals with a history of kidney stones should increase their fluid intake to achieve at least 2 liters of urine per day to prevent recurrence, and if this fails, treatment with a thiazide diuretic, citrate, or allopurinol is recommended, according to a new clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians.