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Dukes Memorial Hospital Treats Patients with New Urology Procedure

Innovative option for enlarged prostates now available

Peru, Ind. (Feb. 2, 2017) – Dukes Memorial Hospital is offering an innovative option for the treatment of enlarged prostates. James Dugan, MD, is using the first permanent implant to treat symptoms due to urinary outflow obstruction secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, in men 50 years of age or older. Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2013, the UroLift System is designed to relieve symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, while preserving sexual function. UroLift is an outpatient procedure only available locally at Dukes. 

“The new prostate procedure has an excellent safety profile and provides men suffering from an enlarged prostate a beneficial first-line treatment alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery,” said Dugan. “Importantly, the procedure provides fast and meaningful relief from BPH symptoms, improving overall quality of life for our patients.”

The prostate procedure places permanent implants, delivered during a minimally-invasive procedure, act like window curtain tie-backs to hold the lobes of an enlarged prostate open. Patients recover from the procedure quickly, and return to their normal routines with minimal downtime.

“Our hospital system is committed to providing patients with the highest quality, most effective options to address their urology needs,” said Debra Close, CEO, Dukes Memorial Hospital.

Data from clinical trials showed that patients receiving UroLift implants reported rapid symptomatic improvement, improved urinary flow rates, and sustained sexual function. Patients also experienced a significant improvement in quality of life. 

About BPH Treatment

More than 500 million aging men worldwide have an enlarged prostate. Medication is often the first line therapy, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Side effects of treatment can include sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches, prompting many patients to quit using the drugs. For these patients, the classic alternative is surgery that cuts or ablates prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra. While current surgical options, such as the 'gold standard' surgery, transurethral resection of the prostate, can be very effective in relieving symptoms, they can also leave patients with permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation (dry orgasm).

About UroLift

The UroLift System provides an alternative to tissue removing surgery for the treatment of an enlarged prostate. Performed through the urethra, a urologist uses the UroLift System to push aside the obstructive prostate lobes and positions small, tailored implants to hold the prostate lobes in the retracted position. This opens the urethra while leaving the prostate intact. UroLift implants are designed to be permanent.  

Adverse reactions associated with UroLift System treatment were comparable to other minimally invasive surgical therapies as well as standard cystoscopy. The most common adverse events reported during studies included pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate, and the inability to control urine because of an urgent need to urinate. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure. 

About Dukes Memorial Hospital

Dukes Memorial Hospital is a community healthcare provider serving north central Indiana. This 25-bed, critical access facility based in Miami County is committed to providing the highest standard of quality healthcare. More than 400 healthcare professionals strong, Dukes offers inpatient and outpatient care, medical imaging, medical and surgical care, emergency diagnostics and much more. Team members work hard every day ensure a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families. For more information about Dukes Memorial Hospital, or to find a physician, visit DukesMemorialHosp.com or call (765) 472-8000.


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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Rachel Neighbors
Director of Marketing
(765) 472-8016/rneighbors@dukesmemorialhosp.com

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