Regional Urology Physician Performs First Two Rectal Spacer Procedures in the State of LA

29 Apr 2017

Dr. Jeremy Norwood of Regional Urology in Shreveport was the first in the state of Louisiana to perform a new procedure for protecting the rectum in patients undergoing external beam radiation therapy. Named SpaceOAR by the company, Augmenix, the hydrogel spacer is injected between the rectum and the prostate prior to radiation therapy as a safeguard against rectal side effects, although with today's cutting edge IMRT technology at Regional Urology, rectal side effects are exceedingly rare. The spacer will be offered as an option to patients receiving radiation therapy, although at the moment it is not covered under any insurance plans, and is not required in order to undergo a safe radiation treatment for prostate cancer.

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