Treatments & Techniques

ThuLEP: Laser Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Offers New Standard of Care at University Health System

No matter the size of the gland, thulium laser enucleation of the prostate (ThuLEP) offers next-day resolution of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms without the need for extended hospital stays or invasive surgery.


Revolutionary Laser Treatment for Vaginal Health

An estimated 32 million postmenopausal women in the U.S. suffer from the painful symptoms of menopause due to declining levels of estrogen.


Getting More Bang for Your CBC Buck: Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnancy

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There is a high prevalence of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in obstetric patients. Reports indicate that IDA occurs in approximately 15 to 25 percent of all pregnancies1. According to the American Pregnancy Association, anemia during pregnancy is especially concerning because it is...


American Cancer Society Recommendations for Prostate Cancer Early Detection

A new study released in March found that many men receiving prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing do so without a comprehensive shared decision-making process, contrary to current guidelines. The American Cancer Society study, appearing in Annals of Family Medicine, finds that in both 2010 and 2015 about six in 10 men who reported recent PSA testing said they had received at least one component of shared decision making with their healthcare providers. Meanwhile, only 1 in 10 with no PSA test reported receiving any component of shared decision making in both 2010 and 2015.


Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy: Progressive Treatment Offered in Central Texas

By now you have probably heard that ketamine infusion therapy is proving itself to be a very disruptive technology in the treatment of severe treatment-resistant depression (TRD) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many clinicians are beginning to understand that ketamine represents a real paradigm shift from the more traditional treatments for mental health disorders.


PVA: One of the First to Offer Innovative TCAR Procedure for the Treatment of Carotid Artery Disease

This minimally invasive technology temporarily reverses blood flow in the brain to prevent devastating strokes.


When Given All Choices for Breast Reconstruction, More Women Are Opting Against Implants

Implants are the most common method of breast reconstruction performed today, but they are not considered the gold standard. Because of the extra training needed and the complexity of more advanced procedures like the DIEP flap, few centers in the U.S. truly offer the full spectrum of breast reconstruction procedures. Unfortunately, reports today show seven out of 10 women are never told about all their breast reconstruction options, with many believing implants are the only choice.


Perspectives on Peripheral Artery Disease

In the medical community, September is dedicated to bringing awareness of peripheral artery disease (PAD) and its process.


The Right Approach to Leg Pain

Many patients present to their physician with the complaint of leg pain. Sometimes it is a minor, self-limited injury. Often leg symptoms radiate from back pain or peripheral neuropathy in a diabetic patient, a far too common problem in South Texas. But leg pain, often associated with open ulcer wounds, could be from peripheral arterial disease (PAD).