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Dr. Gregory J. Andros Treats 500th Patient with the UroLift® System for BPH (Enlarged Prostate)

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Dr. Gregory J. Andros Treats 500th Patient with the UroLift® System for BPH (Enlarged Prostate)

Dr. Gregory Andros is the 11th doctor in the world to complete 500 UroLift Procedures

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Dr. Gregory Andros

Urologist Dr. Gregory Andros of Advanced Urology Associates Has Performed the Most UroLift System Procedures in the Midwest Making Him a Top UroLift Specialist.

Gregory Andros, M.D., and Advanced Urology Associates announced today that his 500th patient has been treated with the UroLift® System. Dr. Andros is the first physician in all of the Midwest to reach this new milestone, performing more UroLift System procedures than any other doctor in the area and in the top 25 of all physicians in the country.

UroLift is a proven, minimally invasive technology to treat men suffering from symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH.

“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 500 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.

Advanced Urology Associates is a Center of Excellence for BPH treatment and our board-certified urologists including Dr. Andros center all their efforts around ensuring every one of our patient’s quality of life becomes the best it can be.

Questions About UroLift for BPH Treatment?

If you think you can benefit from the UroLift to treat your BPH symptoms or want to learn more about the UroLift procedure , call (815) 280-4602 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Andros today.

Advanced Urology Associates provides BPH treatments for patients in Aurora, Bolingbrook, Bourbonnais, Chicago, Crest Hill, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Joliet, Kankakee, Lombard, Lockport, New Lenox, Mokena, Morris, Naperville, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Peotone, Plainfield, Tinley Park and Woodridge.

Dr. Luke Cho Designated as a Center of Excellence for Rezūm™ Water Vapor Therapy Treatment for BPH

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Dr. Luke Cho Designated as a Center of Excellence for Rezūm™ Water Vapor Therapy, a Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or Enlarged Prostate

BPH Center of Excellence Recognizes High Degree of Experience with New Technology

Dr. Luke Cho Designated as a Center of Excellence for Rezūm™ Water Vapor Therapy, a Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or Enlarged Prostate

Luke Cho, M.D. - Urologist at Advanced Urology Associates

Luke Cho, M.D.

Dr. Cho has been designated as a Center of Excellence for Rezūm™ Water Vapor Therapy treatment – a minimally invasive in-office procedure for men looking to treat their benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), not just the symptoms. Rezūm Therapy uses natural water vapor to reduce the size of the prostate and provide lasting symptom relief from BPH without invasive surgery or some of the potential side effects of prescription drugs. The Center of Excellence designation recognizes Dr. Cho’s high degree of experience with Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy and commitment to delivering significant, lasting symptom relief to men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). 1

BPH is a condition in which a man’s prostate enlarges and squeezes the urethra, causing frustrating symptoms such as frequent or urgent urination, a weak or interrupted urine stream, and the need to get up several times a night to urinate. It affects about 50% of men by age 60, and up to 90% of men by age 85. 2

“Being designated as a Rezūm Center of Excellence is a meaningful recognition for us, as we strive to provide the best possible treatment of urological conditions for patients at our Joliet, Morris and New Lenox locations,” said Dr. Cho, M.D., Advanced Urology Associates. “For years, the primary options for treating BPH were through behavior modifications, medications or invasive surgery. However, medications may not work for everyone and may have undesirable side effects such as dizziness, sexual dysfunction and lower sex drive. 3 With Rezūm Therapy, we’re able to provide relief of BPH for men who do not want to take medication or want to avoid invasive surgery and implants.”

During Rezūm Therapy, which takes place during one short office visit, natural water vapor is released throughout the targeted prostate tissue. When the steam contacts the tissue and turns back to water, it releases energy, killing the excess prostate cells that squeeze the urethra. Over time, the body’s natural healing response removes the dead cells and shrinks the prostate. With the extra tissue removed, the urethra opens, relieving BPH symptoms while preserving erectile and urinary function. 1 The procedure does not require general anesthesia and is performed under oral sedation or local anesthesia.1

Rezūm Therapy has undergone extensive clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the treatment.1 It is now included in the American Urological Association’s BPH treatment guidelines and has four-year follow-up data showing it’s ability to treat prostates with hyperplasia of the central zone, lateral lobe and/or median lobe.4

Rezūm Therapy is currently being used in many leading urology practices throughout the United States. To date, more than 55,000 patients around the world have been successfully treated with Rezūm Therapy.5

Questions About Rezūm for BPH Treatment?

Request an appointment or contact us today at 815.409.4930 to see if Rezūm BPH treatment is right for you.

Advanced Urology Associates provides BPH treatments for patients in Aurora, Bolingbrook, Bourbonnais, Chicago, Crest Hill, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Joliet, Kankakee, Lombard, Lockport, New Lenox, Mokena, Morris, Naperville, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Peotone, Plainfield, Tinley Park and Woodridge.

1 McVary KT, Rogers T, Roehrborn CG. Rezūm water vapor thermal therapy for lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia: 4-year results from randomized controlled study. Urology. 2019 Apr;126:171-9.
2 What is BPH? Urology Care Foundation website. https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/benign-prostatic- hyperplasia-(bph). Accessed August 5, 2019.
3 Roger K and Gilling P. Fast Facts: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, 7th edition. Health Press. 2011.
McVary KT, Gange SN, Gittleman MC et al. Minimally invasive prostate convective water vapor energy (WAVE) ablation: A multicenter, randomized, controlled study for treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol. 2016 May;195(5):1529-38.
Date on file with Boston Scientific.

* Results from case studies are not necessarily predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: These materials are intended to describe common clinical considerations and procedural steps for the use of referenced technologies but may not be appropriate for every patient or case. Decisions surrounding patient care depend on the physician’s professional judgment in consideration of all available information for the individual case.
Boston Scientific (BSC) does not promote or encourage the use of its devices outside their approved labeling. Case studies are not necessarily representative of clinical outcomes in all cases as individual results may vary.

Rezum.com is a website sponsored by Boston Scientific.
Caution: U.S. Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.
All images are the property of Boston Scientific. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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Advanced Urology Associates Keeps High-Risk Patients Safe

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Advanced Urology Associates Keeps High-Risk Patients Safe

Advanced Urology Joliet Location Cancer Support Ribbons Inside Lobby

During the pandemic, radiation oncology centers around the country have stayed open to treat cancer patients. Advanced Urology Associates is no different. But how do they keep their cancer patients, who are at-risk individuals, safe during COVID-19?

Advanced Urology Associates, which treats bladder, kidney, prostate and testicular cancer, immediately implemented temperature checks and screening questions for staff and patients who entered any of their three locations. Staff was required to wear masks, well before the state mandate, and patients were asked to wait in their car until they were ready to be seen.

Cancer patients with Advanced Urology Associates receive Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), which cannot be paused or delayed. It is a high-precision technique where radiation beams are contoured to the shape of the patient’s tumor, while minimizing the impact to surrounding healthy tissue or organs. This technology, which is only ten years old, is considered a breakthrough in the successful treatment of cancer.

“Providing excellent and safe care for our patients was imperative for us during COVID-19. Our cancer patients and emergency conditions (such as kidney stones) made it essential we remain open. I couldn’t ask for a better team to have throughout this crisis,” said Walter Garbarczyk, CEO of Advanced Urology Associates.

Patients with more routine, non-radiological visits were asked to book appointments via telemedicine. Advanced Urology Associates added this service on the fly, using HIPPA-compliant video conferencing tools. This allowed patients to safely receive healthcare, while limiting foot traffic and protecting high-risk individuals.

Lastly, in recognition of the crowded emergency rooms in Illinois during the spring, Advanced Urology Associates increased its availability for urgent and extreme urological cases, as a way to limit patients’ exposure in a hospital setting, as well as provide relief for overburdened emergency room physicians.

Advanced Urology Associates has been a client of First Midwest Bank since 2009.

Men’s Enlarged Prostate, BPH Free Online Seminar

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Men’s Enlarged Prostate, BPH Free Online Seminar; Sign Up Today!

“Don’t Let Symptoms From Your Enlarged Prostate Slow You Down!” Join Us for a Virtual Men’s Health Seminar.

Learn more about treatment options, including the UroLift System, that can help relieve your symptoms and restore your quality of life.

Date: June 24, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Experiencing an Overactive Bladder? Talk to a Physician Today From the Comfort of Your Own Home

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Experiencing an Overactive Bladder? Talk to a Physician Today From the Comfort of Your Own Home

If you’re experiencing an Overactive Bladder and would like to speak to an Advanced Urology physician about your symptoms. Make a TeleMed appointment and talk to a board certified physician from the comfort of your own home.

Click here to make a TeleMed appointment.

Advanced Urology Associates COVID-19 precautions

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Advanced Urology Associates COVID-19 precautions

With COVID-19 becoming a hot topic, we are here to provide our patients with a safe and sterile environment to have their Urological needs met. Please review our new precautions we are adding to our office for the time being.

Please Call Us First
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or have come into contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, please call us and let us know. We want to make sure we are providing a safe and clean environment.

Limit Visitors
We are trying to limit the number of visitors that are coming into our facilities. We understand that some patients need to have family members attend their appointment, however we ask that you limit the amount of people you bring with you. If a person is non-essential to your appointment, we will ask that they stay in our waiting room.

How we’re serving you
We are limiting our contact with you, please understand our new No Handshake policy is to protect yourself and other patients that will be at our practice. Protecting ourselves also ensures that we can continue to provide excellent care each day as the COVID-19 progresses.

Protecting you in our facility
We have arranged our waiting areas to ensure that patients are not sitting directly next to other patients. The space provided is to limit the possible exposure from rubbing elbows. We ask when you are in our facility that you do not move our chairs unless you need to because of accessibility purposes.

We understand if you would like to reschedule your appointment to a later time, however if you are not experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed by the CDC we strongly encourage you to keep your scheduled appointment. We have enhanced our sanitization procedures and we are eliminating paper products available such as magazines.

Your health is important to us, please continue to review the CDC at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html to see if there are any updates/changes in regards to the virus.

March is the best time for a vasectomy!

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March is the Best Time for a Vasectomy!

Get snipped before the NCAA Basketball tournaments and you can kick back and watch basketball for 3 days!

What is Vas-Madness?

Across the nation, Urologist have found an increase in Vasectomy Appointments in the month of March. The procedure has been linked to the common sports craze of March Madness, where Sports Fans draft up their brackets for the long anticipated NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Why do men feel the urge to go through a vasectomy procedure for basketball? Doctors will urge their patients to sit back and relax for around 3 days, excused from any heavy lifting. This results in men laying in bed all day, watching basketball. It’s a great excuse to focus on your brackets!

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Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction and Low Testosterone

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Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction, Low Testosterone

As men age, many tend to suffer from low energy and low testosterone, and issues with sexual performance, including dysfunction, become fairly common. These popular men’s health issues can have lasting effects on relationships and lifestyles. At Advanced Urology Associates, board-certified urologists have a variety of safe and effective treatment options for those wanting to correct these issues.

Learn How We Can Help.

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Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet announces 2017 Physician of the Year

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Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet announces 2017 Physician of the Year

Ryan G. Manecke 2017 Physician of the Year at Advanced Urology Associates

Dr. Ryan G. Manecke, (urology), was recently honored by Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) as the 2017 “Physician of the Year” during the hospital’s Physician Recognition Night. The award recognizes and celebrates outstanding physicians who embody professionalism, teamwork, clinical excellence and a commitment to personal growth.

Manecke earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas.

He performed his internship and general surgical and urology residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, His residency included 11 months of training in pediatric surgery and pediatric urology at Loyola University Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Manecke is a member of the Chicago Urologic Society, the American Urologic Association and the American Association of Clinical Urologists. He has participated in research and authored articles and book chapters on the topics of prostate cancer, dysfunction and the surgical treatment of advanced testis cancer. Manecke is certified by the American Board of Urology.

PSJMC also recognized their finalists Dr, Maen Martini, MD, (anesthesiology and pain medicine); Dr. Preeti Nagarkatte (internal medicine and nephrology) and Dr. Virag Dandekar (radiation oncology).

The evening included the naming of the 2018 medical staff officers: Dr. Peter Stockmal, president; Dr Basant Jhawar, president-elect; Dr. Bhuvan Chawla, secretary-treasurer and Dr. William Farrell, former president

Physicians who retired in 2017 and those with significant milestones of service to PSJMC were also honored and thanked for serving as a true model of excellence in the delivery of health care.

2017 retirees: Dr. Clyde Dawson, general surgery, 35 years; Dr. Thomas Kron, otolaryngology, 31 years and Dr. Gary Trager, infectious disease, 37 years

The following doctors were also recognized for their service anniversaries.

Fifty years: Dr. Francis Tomasik,

Thirty-five years: Dr. Clyde Dawson, Dr. Terry Kushner and Dr. Gregory Lewis

Twenty-five years: Dr. Kwabena Boateng, Dr. Aristides De La Hera, Dr. John Grieco, Dr. Ronald Hayes, Dr. Mickey Jester, Dr. Matthew Kelleher, Dr. R.K. Natesh, Dr. Ada Paolucci, Dr. Jill Patterson, Dr. Gustavo Pedraza, Dr. Philip Serna, Dr. Kulumani Sivarajan and Dr. Peter Stockmal.

Fifteen years: Dr. Saba Ahmed, Dr. Maimoona Aijaz, Dr. Farhana Alvi, Dr. Jonette Belicena, Dr. Gregory Bezanis, Dr. Cristina Camara, Dr. Samiullah Choudry, Dr. Sung Chung, Dr. Michael DeMaertelaere, Dr. Aileen Donausky, Dr. William Farrell, Dr. Dan Garganera, Dr. Visvanatha Giri, Dr. John Scott Groch, Dr. Zlatko Haveric, Dr. Ashraf Iskander, Dr. M. Ammar Katerji, Dr. Anjali Kher, Dr. Srinivas Kota, Dr. Muawia Martini, Dr. Bryan Phillips, Dr. Robert Semba, Dr. Usha Setlur, Dr. Paramjit Sikand, Dr. Shilpa Thakkar, Dr. Karim Tourk, Dr. Paulette Trum, Dr. Jonathan Wu Dr. and Andrew Wunderlich.

The 3 Most Common Concerns Regarding Men’s Urological Health

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The 3 Most Common Concerns Regarding Men’s Urological Health

Hint: They’re all below the belt and above the knees.

The 3 most common concerns in a man's strike zone - Advanced Urology Associates - Men's Health

It’s not easy for men to discuss what goes on below their belts and above their knees. Urologists are able to answer any questions men have about their private parts; they’re the best ones to contact, because they specialize in that particular area of men’s health. At Advanced Urology Associates, all the urologists and physician’s assistants are Board Certified, which ensures they are very knowledgeable about such matters.

Ryan Lewis - Advanced Urology Associates Men's Health

Ryan Lewis is a PA at Advanced Urology who focuses entirely on men’s urological health. The three most common concerns that Lewis hears from patients include erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, and penile pain or curvature. “For erectile dysfunction, we address the possible causes, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or neurological conditions,” he explained. “We then discuss the treatment options, which may include medications, penile injections, or a penile prosthesis.”

For low testosterone, possible causes can include aging, genetics, poor diet, medical conditions, lack of sleep, and side effects of certain medications. “I work to determine the cause, and then I explain to patients how we diagnose low testosterone, which begins with a morning blood test,” said Lewis. “Finally, we discuss the most common treatment options, which can include testosterone gels, injections, or pellets.”

For penile pain or curvature, Lewis discusses the possible causes; the most common is Peyronie’s Disease. “We discuss the causes and the natural history of Peyronie’s Disease, as some cases resolve on their own,” he said. “We then discuss treatment options, with the most common being a medication called Xiaflex.”

When asked what men can do, in general, to avoid some of these urological problems that arise, Lewis responded that some medical conditions are determined by genetics, and are thus unavoidable. “However, many conditions are preventable by eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night,” he added. “Men need regular checkups with a primary care physician to ensure their blood pressure and laboratory values are normal, including blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Seeing a urologist sooner, rather than later, will also help prevent any existing conditions from getting worse or from affecting a man’s quality of life.”

Lewis went on to explain that there is nothing that he and his colleagues at AUA haven’t seen or heard of. “We value every patient’s privacy, and we do our best to develop a trusting relationship with each patient to improve their quality of life. We want everyone to feel free to contact us with any questions.”

“The best part of my job with AUA is developing strong and trusting relationships with my patients so they feel comfortable discussing their concerns,” he said. “I also enjoy determining the appropriate treatment option for them that will significantly improve their quality of life.”

Lewis earned his undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Chicago and attended Baylor College of Medicine for his PA degree. He received his Urology Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern, and has been a Board Certified PA since 2015.

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