High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
HIFU uses high-energy, focused ultrasound waves to destroy prostate cancer cells without radiation. HIFU is directed across the wall of the back passage into the prostate to heat and destroy a very precise volume of tissue.
FOCAL HIFU could be suitable for men with low or intermediate risk of prostate cancer, who have unifocal or unilateral disease. Being certain that the cancer is confined to a specific area in the prostate while following an exact prostate mapping, your physician can treat these confined areas with HIFU and monitor the untreated areas.
A HIFU procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and typically takes about two hours, during which the patient is under spinal or general anesthesia. Inserted into the rectum, a small probe emits ultrasound energy that is precisely targeted to the prostate. Guided by real-time ultrasound images, your physician monitors the prostate throughout the procedure to maximize prostate cancer destruction and minimize injury to other vital tissues.
One advantage of HIFU is there is negligible bleeding. Additionally, the procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and may be repeated if necessary. Because of the precise tissue ablation targeting, incontinence and erectile dysfunction are less likely to occur after HIFU treatment.