Urologists Recognized as ‘Center of Excellence’ with New Procedure
Two physicians at Hattiesburg Clinic Urology are the first in the Pine Belt to earn recognition as a “Center of Excellence” for the treatment of what health experts say is the most common prostate problem for men older than 50.
Jeff Wilson, Jr., MD, and Randolph J. Ross, MD, urologists at Hattiesburg Clinic Urology, have each treated 100 patients with a procedure called the UroLift® System, which is considered the first permanent implant to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate.
BPH affects about half of men between the ages of 51 and 60 and up to 90 percent of men older than 80, according to the National Institute of Health.
Typically, medication is the first form of treatment for BPH, but there are side effects of medication, including sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches. As a result, many patients sometimes quit using the drugs and turn to surgery that usually cuts or ablates prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra.
Current surgical options can be effective in relieving symptoms but may also leave patients with permanent side effects, such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation.
UroLift® was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2013. The procedure is designed to relieve symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, while preserving sexual function. The UroLift implants, delivered during a minimally invasive procedure, act like window curtain tie-backs to hold the lobes of an enlarged prostate open. Depending on the case, patients typically recover from the procedure quickly and return to their normal routines with minimal downtime.
Specific standards and qualifications must be met in order to be established as a Center of Excellence for the UroLift procedure. According to UroLift’s parent company NeoTract®, Inc., this designation recognizes facilities whose “physicians have achieved the highest level of training and experience with the UroLift® System.”
The designation is actually awarded to the individual physician(s), as opposed to the facility as a whole. Hattiesburg Clinic is the only facility in the state with two physicians who have achieved this designation.
“We are proud of the milestone we’ve reached with this procedure. Knowing the struggles many of our patients with enlarged prostate face, we’re glad to be able to offer this treatment option to our community,” said Wilson.
Ross said this option is a game changer for patients with BPH.
“Now our patients have an alternative to medications or other surgeries with uncomfortable side effects. We’ve seen a positive response from those who’ve gotten the procedure. It’s certainly a form of treatment we see becoming a major player in giving our patients their quality of life back.”
To learn more about the UroLift System, visit Hattiesburg Clinic Urology online at www.hattiesburgclinic.com or call (601) 268-5888.