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What is HIFU?
HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is a minimally invasive procedure which offers dramatically reduced side effects. HIFU eradicates prostate cancer through the precision focusing of sound waves to a targeted spot. The process results in the creation of heat due to the interaction between the sound waves and the cancerous tissue to destroy cancer cells.
How is HIFU Different?
HIFU is a minimally invasive procedure which offers drastically reduced side effects, such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence, and the same efficacy rates as traditional, more invasive prostate treatment options. Worldwide, more than 50,000 men have been treated for prostate cancer using HIFU. In 2014 and 2015 thousands of men left the United States to seek HIFU treatment and its many benefits prior to HIFU receiving FDA clearance in the fall of 2015.Post a Query
- Outpatient procedure.
- Minimally invsive.
- No surgery, no radiation.
- Lower side effect risk.
- Personalized treatment.
- Quality of life maintenance.
- Achieves excellent disease-free rates.
How Does It Work?
Think about how a magnifying glass focuses light rays from the sun to a particular point and can burn a hole in a leaf. HIFU works the same way; there is a transducer, which focuses sound waves to a particular point, creates heat and destroys tissue at that point; nothing outside of the focal point is damaged.Refer a Patient
The Procedure – What To Expect
If you decide to choose Sonablate HIFU you will receive pre-operative instructions from a physician and nurse.
The HIFU procedure typically lasts between 1-4 hours, depending on the size of the prostate, and is either done under general anesthesia or an epidural and IV sedation. During the procedure a suprapubic catheter will be put into place to help with urination, and will typically stay in place for 1-3 weeks.
After the HIFU treatment, patients will be in recovery for about 2-4 hours. Once released from the treatment center, patients return home or to a hotel to recover more comfortably.
Though, it is recommended that patients take things easy, most patients feel well enough to go out for dinner and maybe even a walk, the night after of the procedure.Request a Call Back
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