Precision in Every Pulse: HIFU - Shaping the Future of Prostate Care
Personalized Care, Tailored to Your Life: Your Journey, Your Healing
Welcome to our Prostate HIFU resource! If you or someone you care about is dealing with prostate cancer, understanding the available treatments can be both overwhelming and crucial. Prostate HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is a cutting-edge approach, and we’re here to guide you through it.
-Jonathan Hu. MD
If you haven’t done so already please read more about prostate cancer
What is HIFU?
HIFU is a non-invasive treatment using focused ultrasound waves to target and destroy prostate cancer cells. Unlike traditional methods, it doesn’t involve surgery or radiation. The ultrasound energy is precisely directed at the cancerous tissue, leaving healthy tissue unharmed.
HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) for prostate cancer is generally safe, but like any medical procedure, it carries some risks. Potential risks may include:
- urinary incontinence (<1%)
- rectal fistula (0.1%)
- erectile dysfunction (5-15%)
Is HIFU right for me?
Following anesthesia, the duration of planning, contouring, and interpreting images for your personalized treatment will typically take about 30 minutes, depending on the size and shape of your prostate. Subsequently, the treatment itself usually lasts for 1-2 hours.
After treatment you may have some catheter discomfort this is normal until you get used to it or the foley is removed. Typically we do not give medication as there are more side effects than benefits.
Roughly 2/3 of patients do well after HIFU and do not need further treatment.
Even following HIFU, individuals may explore salvage options such as repeat HIFU, surgery, or radiation. Opting for HIFU initially does not preclude the possibility of pursuing alternative modalities later, ensuring a flexible approach to prostate cancer management without closing off other potential avenues
The majority of men can return to their usual activities within 1 to 2 days after the procedure, including regular short walks. More vigorous physical activities can be resumed after the removal of the catheter. Notably, there is no need for incision care or stitches removal, streamlining the recovery process.