Revolutionary relief for prostate problems

Dr. Grecori Anderson and Dr. Pehr Hartvigson

Dr. Grecori Anderson, urologist, (left) and Dr. Pehr Hartvigson, radiation oncologist (right).

Cutting-edge care

By Felicia Struve, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Across the CMH system, our medical teams have been upgrading their techniques, technologies and processes. 

“We’re constantly looking to bring innovative new technology and procedures to our community,” says Jeanette Schacher, director of the CMH Medical Group. “Here at CMH, we’re able to do most routine surgeries that you would find in a bigger city — and with the same level of quality, both from the surgeon and the technology.”

Revolutionary relief for prostate problems

Urologist Grecori Anderson, MD, treats many men who have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a noncancerous condition in which the prostate becomes enlarged. It’s very common among men over 50 and can cause bothersome symptoms, including problems with urination. 

Dr. Anderson performs the latest in-office treatment for BPH called the Urolift. This procedure lifts and retracts the enlarged prostate tissue so it no longer blocks the urethra. The Urolift procedure allows patients to return home on the same day — without a catheter or the side effects of more invasive procedures. 

For men diagnosed with prostate cancer, CMH now offers SpaceOAR, a procedure to minimize the side effects of radiation therapy.

“The key thing is what patients are no longer saying about their bowel movements,” says radiation oncologist Pehr Hartvigson, MD. “Before we started using SpaceOAR, I always anticipated that some patients would have bowel side effects, such as loose bowels, diarrhea and urgency to go to the bathroom after radiation. Since starting to use SpaceOAR, patients don’t seem to be having these issues anymore.”

In a randomized study, patients treated with SpaceOAR experienced fewer rectal side effects and better sexual function three years after treatment, compared to those who weren’t treated with SpaceOAR.

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