Brian R. Matlaga, MD, MPH
Quality of stone care: We can do better
A recent study "revealed that inadequate pain control, presence of a ureteral stent, and a first-time stone treatment were the most common reasons for unplanned utilization of health care services [following ureteroscopy]," writes Brian R. Matlaga, MD, MPH.
Use new data to inform unique patient group
"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.
As stone risk falls, health status may rise
Several recent studies provide straightforward ways to counsel patients on reducing stone risk.
Reducing prostate biopsy pain: Options for effective analgesia
Use of an effective anesthetic strategy can eliminate most of the pain and discomfort associated with this procedure, enabling urologists to perform extensive prostate biopsies in the office setting.
Percutaneous management of calyceal diverticula
A percutaneous approach to calyceal diverticular stones allows simultaneous ablation of the diverticular cavity and typically renders patients both stone- and symptom-free.