Benign Conditions urology

Urologist self-referral increases likelihood of CT, ESWLA 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.
Ultrasound stone repositioning found safe, effectivePropulsion 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.
Autologous pubovaginal sling shows high success rateAutologous pubovaginal slings are associated with a high success rate following synthetic midurethral sling failure, according to recently published data.
Fluids, meds highlight ACP stone prevention guideIndividuals 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.
CMS approves CPT codes for prostatic lift systemThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved two new Category I CPT codes for the UroLift system, a treatment for BPH, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Momentum builds for female sexual dysfunction TxA number of prominent urologists are among the signers of a letter applauding the FDA for holding a workshop on female sexual dysfunction.
Diet and male fertility: What helps, what hurtsPapers examining the effects of diet and substance use on male fertility presented at the recently concluded American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting in Honolulu may appear to provide conflicting findings, but an expert in andrology says the observational studies don’t tell the complete story.
Recession may have prompted vasectomy increaseA study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting in Honolulu suggests a possible link between the recession of 2007-2009 and increasing vasectomy rates in the United States.
FDA OKs urinary prosthesis, lymphatic mapping agentIn separate actions, the FDA allowed the marketing of a urinary prosthesis for women and approved a supplemental new drug application for a lymphatic mapping agent.
AUA IC/BPS guideline update highlights new dataThe AUA has updated its guideline on interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome, with changes primarily focusing on aspects of treatment for a condition that affects three to eight million women and one to four million men in the United States.