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High Intensity Focused Ultrasound

HIFU Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Patients undergoing Ablatherm® HIFU treatment are given a general or spinal anesthetic. A probe is introduced in the rectum and the imaging transducer starts the gland scanning to plan the treatment. The treatment transducer then emits high intensity focused ultrasound in the prostate gland. At the point where the ultrasound waves are focused, the absorption of the ultrasound beam creates a sudden temperature increase (around 85°C) which destroys the tissue in the targeted zone.

Why Choose HIFU

  • Non-invasive – Radiation free
  • Precise robotic treatment
  • Preservation of surrounding tissue, different treatment strategies: Whole gland /Nerve sparing/ Hemiablation
  • Low risk of erectile dysfunction
  • Low risk of incontinence
  • Short hospital stay
  • Short recovery time

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that helps in the transport of sperm.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Usually, prostate cancer grows gradually and is initially contained to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.

Prostate cancer that’s detected early — when it’s still confined to the prostate gland— has a better chance of successful treatment.

Symptoms

Prostate cancer may cause no signs or symptoms in its early stages.

Prostate cancer that’s more advanced may cause signs and symptoms such as:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in semen
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction