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Dr. Oleg Shapiro Discusses SpaceOAR Hydrogel on Bridge Street

Doctor Oleg Shapiro is just one of the doctors offering SpaceOAR Hydrogel to patients in Central New York.  He’s an Associate Professor of Urology, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Vice Chair of Urology at SUNY Upstate.  He also practices at Upstate Urology where prostate cancer is his focus.

“It’s done in the office” says Shapiro.  “It’s usually done before the radiation therapy is given and it’s done by Urologists and the patient undergoes local anesthetics so they can drive in and drive out.  The procedure itself takes about 10 minutes or so and then we use an ultrasound guidance to place the gel right in the space between the rectal wall and the prostate itself so it actually separates those two organs giving a lot more space for the Radiation Oncologist to work with and providing safety for that patient.”

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 268,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2022, with one in eight men being diagnosed during his lifetime.1

As with any medical treatment, there are some risks and side effects involved with the use of SpaceOAR Hydrogel and your doctor can help you decide if it’s right for you.

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  1. Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer. American Cancer Society. Accessed July 28,2020. 

SpaceOAR Hydrogel is intended to temporarily move the rectal wall away from the prostate during the course of radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer, and in creating this space it is the intent of SpaceOAR Hydrogel to reduce the radiation dose affecting the rectum. 

SpaceOAR Hydrogel contains polyethylene glycol (PEG). As with any medical treatment, there are some risks involved with the use of SpaceOAR Hydrogel. Potential complications associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel include, but are not limited to: pain associated with injection, pain or discomfort from the  hydrogel, site inflammation, infection (including abscess), inability to urinate, urgent need to urinate, constipation, rectal muscle spasm, damage to lining of rectum, ulcers, fistula (a hole between rectum and bladder, urethra, or skin below the scrotum), perforation (hole in prostate, bladder, urethra, rectum), necrosis (dead tissue), allergic reaction (local reaction or more severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis), embolism (blood vessel blockage is possible and may happen outside of the pelvis, potentially impacting vital organs or legs), fainting, and bleeding. Please talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits related to using SpaceOAR Hydrogel. If one or more of these complications occur, you may need medical treatment or surgery. URO-1288805-AA

Caution: U.S. Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician. 

CAUTION: The law restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician. Indications, contraindications, warnings, and instructions for use can be found in the product labelling supplied with each device or at Products shown for INFORMATION purposes only and may not be approved or for sale in certain countries. This material not intended for use in France.

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