The University of Virginia (UVa) Health System is looking for male volunteers who suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) to participate in a study. The research will be conducted by the UVa Health System’s Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, led by the principal investigator Dr. Ziv Haskal, and it is focused on a non-surgical method to treat BPH.
To participate in the study, patients need to be between 45 and 80 years old, and experience symptoms of the disease like increased frequency or urgency of urination, painful urination, excessive nighttime urination, weak urine stream, dribbling, incomplete emptying of the bladder and/or overflow incontinence. Volunteers chosen to participate in the study will need to make nine visits to the facility over a period of two years.
The UVa’s study will examine the use of a non-surgical and investigational device for the treatment of BPH that is expected to decrease or stop blood flow, resulting in the elimination of urinary symptoms caused by the disease. During the initial study visits, patients will be submitted to physical examination, to imaging exams to measure the size of the prostate, and will report their symptoms. After that, patients will undergo a procedure to place the investigational device, which involves an overnight stay in the hospital.
The device will be granted to participants in the study free of charge for either the volunteers or their insurance company. The same will happen about study-related questionnaires and follow-up phone calls. However, patients’ insurance companies will be billed for medication, tests and procedures related to the participation in the study. More information about the study is available by contacting Brigitte Kelly, RN CCRC, at 434-297-7136.
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