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SpaceOAR ™ Hydrogel for Prostate Cancer

SpaceOAR ™ Hydrogel protects quality of life by minimizing side effects

Clinically proven to minimize urinary, sexual, and bowel side effects while protecting the quality of life for prostate cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Radiation therapy is extremely effective in treating prostate cancer, and radiation therapy technology has greatly improved, leading to more targeted treatment. However, the threat of side effects remains. One of the biggest risks of radiation therapy is injury to the rectum, which sits next to the prostate gland. Rectal injuries resulting from radiation can lead to:

  • Bleeding
  • Leakage
  • Diarrhea
  • Chronic Discomfort and Irritation
  • Fecal Incontinence

SpaceOAR ™ Hydrogel is an option for men who undergo radiation treatment for prostate cancer. It helps combat and prevent potential side effects by acting as a spacer between the rectum and the prostate, making it much less likely that the rectum is exposed to radiation.

What is the Procedure Like, and How Long Will It Stay in My Body?

The procedure is commonly done in a hospital, surgery center, outpatient clinic or doctor’s office. While there is no required special preparation for the SpaceOAR® Hydrogel procedure, your doctor may give you individual instructions on how to prepare for the procedure and for any anesthesia you will receive. 

Always ask your doctor what you should do in advance of the procedure. Your doctor will either use an anesthetic that will put you to sleep during the procedure or a local anesthetic that will numb the injection area. You may feel a pinprick or pressure but should not feel any major discomfort. After the procedure, you may experience some temporary discomfort at the injection site. 

SpaceOAR ™ Hydrogel patients typically report no prolonged discomfort from the implanted hydrogel. You should be able to immediately resume your normal activities. Always be sure to check with your doctor for any restrictions associated with the procedure and your radiation treatment. SpaceOAR® Hydrogel separates your prostate and rectum for about 3 months, providing protection during radiation treatment, and is naturally absorbed in about six months – well after your last treatment.

Contact your Houston Metro Urology physician today to learn more about whether or not SpaceOAR® Hydrogel treatment is right for you.

Patient Testimonial

“During my eight weeks of radiation treatment and it’s now been over a year since, at no time did I experience any rectal side effects,
no pain or discomfort, no bleeding, no incontinence – so very glad I decided to have SpaceOAR®.”
a SpaceOAR ™ Hydrogel