Burnout, biopsy, BPH, and more: Post-AUA reviewUrologist Henry Rosevear, MD, reviews his personal highlights from AUA 2017, along with a few bumps in the road.
Robotic prostatectomy usage increasing for BPHThe use of robot-assisted simple prostatectomy is increasing for the management of BPH in the United States. Patients were nearly seven times more likely to undergo RASP in 2011-2015 compared to 2003-2006, after adjusting for confounders.
Urethral lift: 5-year data point to procedure’s durabilityAnalyses of data from 5 years of prospective follow-up in the pivotal trial supporting regulatory approval of the prostatic urethral lift ([PUL] UroLift System, NeoTract) show that the minimally invasive procedure remains safe and provides rapid and durable benefits for men with symptomatic BPH.
Embolization for BPH shows long-term safety, efficacyFindings 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 pathwayUrologists’ 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.
5-ARIs linked to increased risk of self-harm, depressionUse of 5α-reductase inhibitors for the treatment of BPH appears to be associated with increased risks of self-harm and depression, according to a population-based, retrospective, matched cohort study of men in Canada.
Uro Pipeline: FDA accepts biologics license application for bladder Ca agentOther 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.
Convective water vapor ablation successful at 2 yearsA treatment system that uses steam to ablate prostate tissue (Rezūm, NxThera, Inc.) can be considered as a first-line therapy for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to BPH, say investigators from a non-randomized multicenter pilot study with 2-year duration of successful outcomes.
Can BPH and prostate cancer be prevented?This review focuses on primary prevention of BPH and prostate cancer.
New Products: Neuromodulation system for OAB targets tibial nerveOther products discussed in this roundup include a plasma vaporization device, a laser fiber safety device, and more.