UCOSC is proud to offer SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel procedure for patients with prostate cancer who are interested in undergoing radiation therapy. Because of the proximity of the rectum to the prostate, prostate radiation therapy can cause unintended damage to the rectum, which can lead to fecal incontinence issues or other long- lasting side effects. SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel is an absorbable gel that creates a temporary space between the prostate and the rectum, designed to reduce radiation dose to the rectum. It is inserted via a minimally invasive procedure and is naturally absorbed by the body in about six months.
In a randomized clinical study, men who underwent radiation therapy without SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel were eight times more likely to experience a decline in bowel, urinary and sexual function when compared to men who underwent radiation therapy with SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel.