urology

How do ureteroscope types compare ergonomically?Findings of a study investigating biomechanical stresses on the urologist while performing flexible ureteroscopy indicate that reusable and single-use digital ureteroscopes have a more favorable ergonomic profile than a reusable fiberoptic instrument.
Episode costs for ambulatory stone surgery vary widelyA study analyzing variation in spending for patients undergoing ureteroscopy or shock wave lithotripsy for urinary stone disease is a step towards helping urologists understand cost reduction opportunities.
APRNs, PAs can help achieve the ideal practice setting"Patient care can continue in the office while the urologist is in the OR; APRNs and PAs can serve as a conduit for readying patients for surgery, and these providers can evaluate for potential complications post-surgery," writes SUNA's Amy Hull, MSN, WHNP-BC.
Is your ideal practice fit within reach?Deciding on whether to go into (or switch to) private practice, academic, or an employed model means weighing potential pros and cons of each setting and looking in the mirror at character traits, likes, and dislikes that would make one setting more suitable than another.
Aesthetics Q&A with Urologist Karen Elizabeth Boyle, M.D.Urologist Karen Elizabeth Boyle, M.D., F.A.C.S., discusses aesthetic challenges, what she would do differently if entering aesthetics today, and the impact of aesthetics on her practice's bottom line.
Investigational BCG-refractory NMIBC Tx shows promise“rAd-IFNα gene therapy is a breakthrough opportunity for effective local management of BCG-unresponsive NMIBC,” says researcher Colin P. N. Dinney, MD.
Bladder Ca photothermal treatment yields encouraging resultsPhotothermal treatment with epidermal growth factor receptor-directed gold nanorods results in considerable antineoplastic activity in an early study of bladder cancer.
Waterjet ablation confers advantages over TURPHeat-free high-velocity waterjet ablation (Aquablation) for BPH performed with an image-guided robot-assisted platform (AquaBeam System) met its primary safety and efficacy endpoints in a phase III study.
AUA’s USPSTF reform efforts continueThe AUA is continuing its efforts to aggressively come to the defense of PSA screening, a simple test that has been under siege by federal government regulators who have essentially flunked it as a routine procedure for assessing prostate health.
Water vapor ablation yields positive results at 2 yearsTreatment of lower urinary tract symptoms/BPH with convective water vapor ablation (Rezum System) appears to provide significant improvement on two key outcome measures versus medical therapy at up to 2 years, according to a study presented at the AUA annual meeting in Boston.