Cambridge, OH — Two new procedures have recently been performed at Southeastern Med. The UroLift System is new treatment for symptoms of an enlarged prostate (BPH). Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation is a treatment for varicose veins.

Dr. Cliff Maximo has recently performed a number of UroLift treatments for men with BPH. This minimally invasive procedure lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue, and clinical data has shown that the UroLift treatment is effective in relieving lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH without compromising sexual function.

The UroLift System is a new alternative for patients looking for something other than drug therapy or more invasive surgery, and Dr. Maximo is one of the few doctors in the region that has experience with this new system. Over the years, Dr. Maximo and Southeast Med have been known for being on the forefront of new urological procedures, not only for BPH but for kidney stone treatment as well.

Another physician bringing new surgical procedures to Southeastern Med is Dr. Jackson Flanigan, the first physician in the area to perform successful endovenous radiofrequency ablation procedures for the treatment of varicose veins.

Varicose veins – enlarged, gnarled veins that develop mostly in the feet and legs – can be caused by pregnancy, hormonal changes, genetic disorders, obesity, sleep disorders, high blood pressure levels, and lifestyle-associated factors such as prolonged standing and increased stress levels.

During endovenous RF ablation, a small catheter is inserted under ultrasound guidance into a vessel in the lower leg. The RF catheter is then inserted into the affected vein and heat is applied, collapsing the vessel and sealing it shut. The procedure is gaining popularity as a minimally invasive alternative to vein stripping because patients experience fewer complications, less pain, less bleeding and a shorter recovery period. Endovenous RF ablation has been performed under general anesthesia, but can also be done under sedation with local anesthesia.

In other exciting news from the Surgical Services Department, Roger Cravenor has earned certification as a Surgical Technologist First Assistant (CSTFA), becoming one of three CSTFAs at Southeastern Med who work closely with our surgeons to facilitate the processes and procedures of the operating room.

Roger achieved this specialty certification after a lengthy training program that included classroom instruction and hands-on surgical experience. He also passed the national exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Roger’s pursuit of this voluntary certification is evidence of the pride he takes in his profession and his ongoing commitment to quality patient care.