Michael Fuller wins Advanced Urology’s 2018 VasecTourney!

Michael Fuller wins Advanced Urology’s 2018 VasecTourney!

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Michael Fuller wins Advanced Urology’s 2018 VasecTourney!

Ryan Weber presents check for winner Michael Fuller for the Advanced Urology’s 2018 VasecTourney!

In a year of upsets and Cinderella stories, this year’s winning bracket entry was filled out by Michael Fuller (left in picture). The annual tournament is open to anyone who has ever had a vasectomy with Advanced Urology Associates and this year had one of the largest group of participants to date. The winner-take-all prize of $500 was presented at Advanced Urology’s Joliet clinic by CFO Ryan Weber.

Mr. Fuller was asked what his secret was to filling out his brackets this year. Michael revealed he went to Seton Hall and by loyalty chose them in all his brackets to go all the way. Even though that strategy didn’t work out completely, the choice of picking the other teams in the Big East to go far, including Villanova, seemed to have been the successful formula.

Simple Treatments Available for Frustrating, Frequent Nighttime Restroom Trips

Simple Treatments Available for Frustrating, Frequent Nighttime Restroom Trips

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Simple Treatments Available for Frustrating, Frequent Nighttime Restroom Trips

Dr. Peter Tek explains BPH enlarged Prostate at Advanced Urology Associates

Men who suffer from an enlarged prostate, (also called BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia),  frequently have to urinate multiple times throughout the night.  This bothersome BPH symptom is easy to correct, allowing patients to benefit from restful, uninterrupted sleep, increased productivity, and a better quality of life.

“For patients with BPH, the bladder has to squeeze harder and faster to get urine out,” explained Dr. Peter Tek, Urologist with Advanced Urology Associates.  “The prostate surrounds the urethra, creating an obstruction when enlarged.  More urine is produced at night, so it’s difficult to get a good night’s rest.  It’s also important to realize that increased urination at night could be due to other serious medical conditions; we recommend seeking our medical evaluation.”

According to Dr. Tek, an enlarged prostate is a normal part of aging.  Approximately half of men between ages 51 and 60 have BPH, and up to 90% over age 80 have it.

“Our first line therapy for problems stemming from an enlarged prostate includes behavioral modifications,” said Dr. Tek.  “If unsuccessful, the next step is to try FDA-approved medications that help empty and relax the bladder.”

If medications don’t help, the third step is to perform a simple surgical procedure to eliminate BPH symptoms.  “We offer several minimally invasive procedures, some of which are actually performed in our office,” said Dr. Tek. “The Urolift treatment lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it doesn’t block the urethra.  No cutting, heating, or removal of prostate tissue is involved in this procedure.”

Dr. Tek’s goal is to open up the urethra to relieve the obstruction that causes so many urination problems.  “The patient’s anatomy determines the appropriate procedure,” he added.  “Another fantastic new procedure is GreenLight Laser Therapy, which uses a laser to vaporize some of the unneeded prostate tissue.  Many of our procedures are outpatient-based; they’re simple, fast, and safe, with minimal recovery time.”

Convenient Same-Day Vasectomy Consultation and Procedure Available

Convenient Same-Day Vasectomy Consultation and Procedure Available

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Convenient Same-Day Vasectomy Consultation and Procedure Available

Thomas E. Burns Board Certified Physician at Advanced Urology for No-Scalpel Vasectomy

If you’re considering a vasectomy, or if you’ve already made the decision to go ahead with it, Advanced Urology Associates is now providing a way to squeeze two of the necessary steps into one visit, streamlining the process to save extra travel and waiting time for patients.

A vasectomy is an unbelievably quick and easy procedure; Advanced Urology Associates even offers a no-scalpel method that is performed in their clinic – no hospital visit is required. The no-scalpel procedure is quick and painless, typically lasting under 30 minutes. No-scalpel patients experience a quicker recovery and fewer side effects.

“We begin with a pre-screening consultation over the phone, which lasts approximately 15 minutes,” said Dr. Thomas Burns, Urologist with AUA. “We discuss insurance to avoid any surprises after the fact, and we review the patient’s basic medical history and current medications. We offer educational information, and determine whether they’re a candidate for a same-day procedure.”

The urologist has to ensure the patient isn’t taking Ibuprofen, aspirin, or any blood thinning medications. “We’ll mail the patient information regarding what they can expect when they come in, and it gives them time to stop taking blood-thinning medications, if necessary,” added Dr. Burns. “This applies to any vasectomy procedure, including the no-scalpel method.”

During the appointment, patients receive a physical examination, a blood pressure check, and a detailed explanation of the upcoming procedure. “95% of the time, we work with a local anesthetic, and everything is great,” said Dr. Burns. “But for the 5% that have anxiety about it, we offer additional medication for relaxation. It’s understandable that some patients are fearful; it’s a personal area of the body, and they’re not used to being so open about it. But there’s always a painless way to perform a vasectomy, and the more patients understand about the procedure, the less nervous they are.” For more information, please contact:

Advanced Urology Associates

Joliet: (815) 409-4930

Morris: (815) 941-2990

New Lenox:  (815) 726-3110

Enlarged Prostate a Common Issue for Men

Enlarged Prostate a Common Issue for Men

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Enlarged Prostate a Common Issue for Men

BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a fancy term for an enlarged prostate. It’s a common issue for aging men, with approximately 20% of men at age 40, and 80% of men in their seventies, being diagnosed with the condition.

Dr. Ryan Manecke, MD, a Board Certified Urologist with Advanced Urology Associates, evaluates and treats patients for BPH. “Possible symptoms of BPH include slowing of the urine stream, a sensation of being unable to empty the bladder, frequent and urgent urination, prolonged dribbling, and a “starting and stopping” of the urine flow,” he explained. “These symptoms are often more bothersome at night. Less common symptoms include bloody urine, infections, or bladder stones, although sometimes men with BPH don’t show any symptoms at all.”

It’s easy to check for BPH, which, if left untreated, can lead to kidney failure, bladder damage, or an inability to urinate. “Patients with mild or no symptoms, and no signs of other health problems related to BPH, don’t need treatment,” added Dr. Manecke. “However, it’s important to know if BPH is present; a simple digital rectal exam by the doctor can check for BPH and also for signs of prostate cancer.”

While many BPH patients don’t require treatment, there are multiple options for those who need it. “Treatment options include lifestyle modifications (avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco), medications to shrink or relax the prostate, and surgeries to open the prostate,” said Dr. Manecke. “Pelvic floor therapy, nerve stimulation, and other new treatments can help the body cope with BPH, and provide new alternatives to surgery or medication.”

At Advanced Urology’s BPH Center of Excellence, doctors routinely offer about six varieties of medication and six different operations for BPH. “Sometimes, lifestyle changes are all that’s necessary to cope with mild BPH symptoms,” said Dr. Manecke. “Urologists can help patients prioritize goals and choose the best treatment.” For more information, please contact:

Advanced Urology Associates
Joliet: (815) 409-4930
Morris: (815) 941-2990
New Lenox:  (815) 726-3110

SpaceOAR Offers Convenience, Added Protection for Prostate Cancer Patients

SpaceOAR Offers Convenience, Added Protection for Prostate Cancer Patients

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SpaceOAR Offers Convenience, Added Protection for Prostate Cancer Patients

For patients battling prostate cancer, radiation therapy is safe and effective. Precise radiation treatments target the tumor (or cancer cells), requiring the patient to visit their urologist five days a week for nine weeks. During each visit, a rectal balloon is inserted to create space between the prostate and the rectum to lessen the amount of radiation delivered to the organs and tissues near the prostate.
Advanced Urology Associates is proud to be among the first Urology centers in the U.S. to offer SpaceOAR, a breakthrough tissue-sparing technique that offers unprecedented protection for the rectum during radiation treatments. “SpaceOAR is an injected hydrogel that increases the space between the prostate and the rectum from 2 millimeters to 10-14 millimeters,” said Dr. Paul DesRosiers, Radiation Oncologist with Advanced Urology Associates. “It spares the rectum from the full dose of radiation, improving the safety and side effect profile of radiation therapy to the prostate.”

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) for prostate cancer offers cure rates similar to surgery. “IMRT uses computer technology to deliver higher doses of radiation to the cancerous cells, and sends lower doses to the surrounding tissues,” added Dr. DesRosiers. “The benefits of IMRT include fewer side effects, precision targeting of cancer cells, and improved after-treatment quality of life. SpaceOAR, a one-time procedure, helps prevent radiation burn in the rectum that causes bleeding, which can be serious for patients taking blood thinners. Diarrhea and other bowel complications are also avoided.

“OAR” stands for Organ at Risk. “SpaceOAR, the first and only prostate cancer spacing device to be approved by the FDA, benefits patients in a meaningful way by replacing the inconvenience of inserting a daily rectal balloon,” said Dr. DesRosiers. “After completion of treatment, the body absorbs the hydrogel made of polyethylene glycol, a non-toxic substance widely used in cosmetics and drugs because it’s well tolerated in the body.” For more information, please contact:

Advanced Urology Associates
Joliet: (815) 409-4930
Morris: (815) 941-2990
New Lenox:  (815) 726-3110

Urologist Treating Patients with UroLift System

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Urologist Treating Patients with UroLift System

Becomes 1st Midwest physician to reach 200

“The UroLift System is a breakthrough treatment that typically takes less than an hour and can offer multiple benefits for men with enlarged prostate – an alternative to invasive surgery without cutting, heating or removing tissue.”
Gregory Andros,
Joliet Urologist

Joliet urologist Gregory Andros, M.D., announced that his 200th patient has been treated with the UroLift System, a proven, minimally invasive technology to treat men suffering from symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Andros is the first physician in the Midwest to reach this milestone, performing more UroLift System procedures than any other doctor in the area and in the top 25 of all physicians in the country.

“The UroLift System is a breakthrough treatment that typically takes less than an hour and can offer multiple benefits for men with enlarged prostate – an alternative to invasive surgery without cutting, heating or removing tissue,” Andros said. “In addition, the procedure involves minimal downtime, preservation of sexual function, and does not require ongoing continued medications.

“Hearing firsthand the experiences of more than 200 patients reaffirms that we are providing the best care possible for our patients and that this procedure is changing lives.”

Nearly 40 million men in the U.S. are affected by BPH. Not to be confused with prostate cancer, BPH occurs when the prostate gland that surrounds the male urethra becomes enlarged with advancing age and begins to obstruct the urinary system.

Symptoms of BPH often include interrupted sleep and urinary problems, and can cause loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life.

Five-year data from a randomized study show that the UroLift System offers not only rapid improvement, but also durable relief for patients with BPH.

After five years, patients treated with the UroLift System continue to experience symptom relief with minimal side effects, with few patients requiring an additional procedure for relief.

A second, randomized clinical trial called BPH6 demonstrated that the minimally invasive UroLift System compares with the reference standard surgery, transurethral resection of the prostate, with regard to efficacy, and is superior to TURP at preserving sexual function and offering a more rapid recovery.

Medication often is the first line of therapy for enlarged prostate, but relief can be inadequate and temporary.

Side effects of medication 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, heats or removes prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra.

Although current surgical options can be very effective in relieving symptoms, they also can leave patients with permanent side effects, such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation.

Dr. Gregory J. Andros Treats 200th Patient with the UroLift® System for Enlarged Prostate

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Dr. Gregory J. Andros Treats 200th Patient with the UroLift® System for Enlarged Prostate

Urologist Dr. Gregory Andros of Advanced Urology Associates Has Performed the Most UroLift System Procedures in The Midwest.

Dr. Gregory J. Andros, M.D. Advanced Urology Associates

Gregory Andros, M.D., today announced that his 200th patient has been treated with the UroLift® System, a proven, minimally invasive technology to treat men suffering from symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH. Dr. Andros is the first physician in all of the Midwest to reach this milestone, performing more UroLift System procedures than any other doctor in the area and in the top 25 of all physicians in the country.

“The UroLift System is a breakthrough treatment that typically takes less than an hour and can offer multiple benefits for men with enlarged prostate – an alternative to invasive surgery without cutting, heating, or removing tissue,” said Dr. Andros. “In addition, the procedure involves minimal downtime, preservation of sexual function, and does not require ongoing continued medications. Hearing first-hand the experiences of more than 200 patients reaffirms that we are providing the best care possible for our patients and that this procedure is changing lives.”

Nearly 40 million men in the United States are affected by BPH. Not to be confused with prostate cancer, BPH occurs when the prostate gland that surrounds the male urethra becomes enlarged with advancing age and begins to obstruct the urinary system. Symptoms of BPH often include interrupted sleep and urinary problems, and can cause loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life.

Five-year data from a randomized study shows the UroLift System offers not only rapid improvement, but also durable relief for patients with BPH. After five years, patients treated with the UroLift System continue to experience symptom relief with minimal side effects, with few patients requiring an additional procedure for relief. A second randomized clinical trial called BPH6 demonstrated that the minimally invasive UroLift System compares very well to the reference standard surgery, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), with regard to efficacy, and is superior to TURP at preserving sexual function and offering a more rapid recovery.

Medication is often the first-line therapy for enlarged prostate, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Side effects of medication 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, heats or removes prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra. While current surgical options 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.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Andros, please call 936-435-9200.

About the UroLift System

NeoTract’s FDA-cleared UroLift System is a proven, minimally invasive technology for treating lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The UroLift permanent implants, delivered during a minimally invasive transurethral outpatient procedure, relieve prostate obstruction and open the urethra directly without cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue. Clinical data from a pivotal 206-patient randomized controlled study showed that patients with enlarged prostate receiving UroLift implants reported rapid and durable symptomatic and urinary flow rate improvement without compromising sexual function. Patients also experienced a significant improvement in quality of life. Most common adverse events reported include hematuria, dysuria, micturition urgency, pelvic pain, and urge incontinence. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure. The UroLift System is available in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. Learn more at www.UroLift.com.

1. Roehrborn et al. EAU Abstract_ Eur Urol Suppl 2017; 16(3):e192.
2. Sonksen et al J Urology 2016

Advanced Urology Associates Explains the Importance of Board Certification

Advanced Urology Associates Explains the Importance of Board Certification

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Advanced Urology Associates Explains the Importance of Board Certification

October 30, 2017

8 Board Certified Physicians
If you have a medical issue or need a surgical procedure, you want to find a doctor with the highest level of training and specialization possible.  To practice medicine in the U.S., doctors are required to have a medical license; however, that license doesn’t indicate a doctor’s qualifications for practicing within an area of specialty, such as Dermatology or Urology.  If a doctor is Board Certified, it means that he or she has received additional training, and participates in activities that ensure they’re current with the latest advances in medical and patient care.

Maintaining Board Certification requires a doctor to demonstrate to their specialty Board that they’ve kept up with the latest medical advances in their field of specialization. These focused assessments and improvement activities allow doctors to continue to improve the safety and efficiency of their practices. This program allows the public to trust that their Board Certified physician is an expert in their field.

At Advanced Urology Associates, all eight urologists are Board Certified. Not all vasectomy clinics require Board Certification. At AUA, Board Certified urologists specialize in male genital anatomy and fertility; patients receive the highest quality care and benefit from up-to-date advancements in procedures like the no-scalpel vasectomy.

The no-scalpel vasectomy is an innovative procedure that involves special numbing techniques and one small opening (created without a scalpel). This advanced procedure is very gentle and doesn’t require stitches. It takes only 20-30 minutes, and is performed in the urologist’s private office. Both the procedure and the recovery time are faster than with the conventional method. With over 125 years of combined experience, AUA’s Board Certified urologists have performed upwards of 10,000 successful vasectomies.

For more information about Advanced Urology Associates, their eight Board Certified urologists, and the no-scalpel vasectomy procedure, please contact:

Advanced Urology Associates
Joliet: (815) 409-4930
Morris: (815) 941-2990
New Lenox: (815) 726-3110

Advanced Urology Associates explains the importance of Prostate Cancer Screening

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Thai T. Nguyen, M.D. – Advanced Urology Associates

Advanced Urology Associates explains the importance of Prostate Cancer Screening

September 13, 2017

Advanced Urology Associates offers state-of-the art prostate treatment

Having a prostate exam probably isn’t how most men prefer to spend an afternoon, but what if that exam is the difference between life and death? Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the U.S.; this year, almost 162,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease, and almost 28,000 more will die from it. About one in every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Statistics show that the five-year survival rate for most men with prostate cancer is 99%, but only if it’s detected and treated in its early stages. For those with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, the survival rate drops to 28%. Although the reason isn’t known, the risk of prostate cancer is 70% higher in African American men than in white men. Regular screening and early detection of prostate cancer is extremely important to be able to survive the disease.

Symptoms of prostate cancer aren’t always apparent. Routine screenings are extremely important; men age 50 or higher should be tested annually, as should men with any risk factors or a family history of prostate cancer.

Signs to watch for include burning or pain when urinating, loss of bladder control, difficulty urinating, or decreased flow of the urine stream. You should also get tested if you have blood in the semen, painful ejaculations, or swelling in the legs or pelvic area, or if you experience numbness or pain in the hips, legs, or feet.

September is National Prostate Health Month and National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Men, now is the time to take charge of your prostate health! Women should strongly encourage their husbands, sons, fathers, and brothers to get tested for prostate cancer.

Click here for free screening information.

Advanced Urology Associates
Joliet:  (815) 409-4930
Morris:  (815) 941-2990
New Lenox:  (815) 726-3110

Advanced Urology Associates offers popular no-scalpel vasectomies

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Advanced Urology Associates offers popular no-scalpel vasectomies

August 14, 2017
By Denise Freese

One reason some men avoid a vasectomy is because they’re afraid of the procedure itself. Having someone use a scalpel on delicate areas of the body can be a little scary. But what if you could have the same end result without the use of a scalpel?

No-scalpel vasectomies have been performed in the United States since 1988, and many consider the procedure to be one of the most effective forms of birth control. The difference between a no-scalpel and a conventional vasectomy lies in how the doctor accesses the vans deferens tubes, which need to be severed to block sperm transport. The traditional method involves two incisions that are later stitched closed. The no-scalpel method involves additional numbing procedures and one small opening (created without a scalpel) to access the tubes, which are sealed shut by being cauterized and tied off. This gentle technique doesn’t require stitches, and bleeding is minimal. The 20-30 minute procedure is performed in the doctor’s private office.

There are many benefits of a no-scalpel vasectomy over the conventional method. The procedure and recovery time are both faster, with fewer complications and less discomfort. The procedure is in-office, and doesn’t require a hospital visit. A no-scalpel vasectomy is equally effective as the conventional method, and best of all, no scalpel is needed.

The Board-Certified specialists at Advanced Urology Associates have treated adult and pediatric urology patients throughout Illinois for over 30 years. Each of their three locations is brand new, and offers state-of-the-art technology and a warm, comfortable atmosphere for patients.

For more information about a no-scalpel vasectomy click here. For answers to frequently asked questions regarding vasectomies, click here: vasectomy FAQ.

Advanced Urology Associates
Joliet: (815) 409-4930
Morris: (815) 941-2990
New Lenox: (815) 726-3110