The SpaceOAR Procedure

The SpaceOAR™ Procedure

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will be undergoing treatment, the SpaceOAR Hydrogel procedure is a pre-treatment option that can help minimise the potential side effects of radiation therapy.

SpaceOAR Procedure FAQ

Where is the procedure done and how long does it take?

SpaceOAR Hydrogel can be implanted as an outpatient procedure in a hospital, surgery center, outpatient clinic or doctor's office prior to the start of radiation treatment. It is typically not a lengthy procedure.

How is SpaceOAR Hydrogel implanted (put into place)?

The SpaceOAR Hydrogel is injected as liquid through a needle inserted between the rectum and the prostate. Your doctor will use ultrasound imaging to ensure correct placement.

What do I need to do to get ready before the procedure?

Your doctor will give you instructions on how to prepare for the procedure and information about any anesthesia you will receive.

Will I be awake or asleep during the procedure?

SpaceOAR Hydrogel can be implanted under local, regional or general anesthesia. You should discuss with your doctor which type of anesthesia will work best for you.

Will I feel any discomfort or pain during or after the procedure?

Your doctor will use a local, regional or general anesthesia and the injection site will be numbed, so you may feel a pinprick or pressure but should not feel any discomfort. Following the implantation, you may experience some temporary discomfort at the injection site. SpaceOAR Hydrogel patients typically report no prolonged discomfort from the implanted gel.1

How soon after the procedure can I return to my normal activities?

You should be able to go back to your normal activities soon. Check with your doctor about anything you should avoid after the procedure and during your radiation treatments.

How long will SpaceOAR Hydrogel remain in my body?

SpaceOAR Hydrogel stays in place, separating your prostate and rectum, for about 3 months. After about 6 months, the hydrogel is naturally absorbed into the body and removed in your urine.

What is SpaceOAR Hydrogel made of and why is it safe?

SpaceOAR Hydrogel is a CE marked implant made of two liquids that, when combined, form a soft gel-like synthetic material predominantly made of water. The Hydrogel is highly absorbent, containing over 90% water, and is made with the same CE marked material used in other surgical sealants such as the eye, brain and spine.


Over 100,000 patients have been treated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel and it is used by leading cancer centres around the world.2

What are the risks associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel?

As with any medical treatment, there are some risks involved with the use of SpaceOAR Hydrogel. Potential complications associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel include, but are not limited to: pain associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel injection; pain or discomfort associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel; needle penetration of the bladder, prostate, rectal wall, rectum or urethra; injection of SpaceOAR Hydrogel into the bladder, prostate, rectal wall, rectum or urethra; local inflammatory reactions; infection; injection of air, fluid or SpaceOAR Hydrogel intravascularly; urinary retention; rectal mucosal damage, ulcers, necrosis; bleeding; constipation; and rectal urgency. Please talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits associated with the SpaceOAR Hydrogel.

The SpaceOAR treatment is not a medical process that needs to be feared in any way, there’s no pain involved, there is very little impact on a person’s lifestyle or even on the day that they have the treatment.

*Individual patient experience may vary

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To determine if SpaceOAR Hydrogel is right for you, consult your healthcare team. This guide can help facilitate a conversation with your doctor.

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Results from case studies are not necessarily predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary. As with any medical treatment, there are some risks involved with the use of SpaceOAR Hydrogel. Potential complications associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel include, but are not limited to: pain associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel injection; pain or discomfort associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel; needle penetration of the bladder, prostate, rectal wall, rectum or urethra; injection of SpaceOAR Hydrogel into the bladder, prostate, rectal wall, rectum or urethra; local inflammatory reactions; infection; injection of air, fluid or SpaceOAR Hydrogel intravascularly; urinary retention; rectal mucosal damage, ulcers, necrosis; bleeding; and rectal urgency.

References

  1. Mariados N, Sylvester J, Shah D, et al. Hydrogel spacer prospective multicenter randomized controlled pivotal trial: Dosimetric and clinical effects of perirectal spacer application in men undergoing prostate image guided intensity modulated radiation therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Aug
  2. Data on file with Boston Scientific.