New treatment offered for enlarged prostateNorth Arundel...


New treatment offered for enlarged prostate

North Arundel Hospital's Department of Urology will offer a new outpatient procedure for men with enlarged prostates. It is cheaper and requires less recovery time than other treatments, such as medication and surgery.

The procedure, transurethral microwave prostate thermotherapy, will be performed one day each month in a $1 million mobile unit leased through ProTherm LLC of Severna Park.

The unit will be parked in the North Arundel Hospital's Physician's Parking lot behind the west lobby. Patients will receive presurgical testing and preparation in the Ambulatory Admissions Department before moving to the mobile unit.

The procedure, done on a computerized machine called the Prostatron, takes one hour and uses controlled heat to destroy benign prostate cells. Patients are awake during the procedure and, because no anesthesia is used, may go home immediately following the procedure. Information: 410-787-4366.

Names in the news

New to practice: The Center: for Human Reproduction-Mid-Atlantic announced that Dr. N. Edward Dourron has joined its practice in Annapolis. Dourron specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. His article "A Cost Effective Approach to the Evaluation and Management of the Couple with Unexplained Infertility" has been widely published. He has extensive training in the treatment of endometriosis. His clinical interests include the treatment of premenstrual syndrome and menopausal medicine. He is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and Reproductive Endocrinology and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dourron resides in Edgewater with his family.

Health officer: Francis B. Phillips recently announced the appointment of Linda Y. Fassett to director of the Division of Mental Health and Addictions, Anne Arundel County Department of Health. Fassett was most recently executive director of Echo House Multi Service Center, a United Way agency that provides substance abuse and prevention services to low-income residents of Baltimore. Her experience also includes providing assessments and commitments to the U.S. Public Health Hospital in Lexington, Ky., and as the first female work-release counselor hired by the Maryland Division of Corrections.

Pub Date: 5/12/98

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