Treatment Options - Surgery

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

High Intensity

High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is another form of treatment for prostate cancer. It is delivered through the rectum, using focused sound waves in a targeted area, which increases the temperature in the prostate to cause tissue destruction. HIFU is a 2-3 hour, one-time procedure performed under spinal or epidural anesthesia. It can be repeated if necessary.

Currently, there is no long-term data on the efficacy of this procedure. There are also some limitations; for example, the prostate gland must be of a certain size to perform the treatment effectively. Furthermore, side effects can include incontinence and impotence. Finally, this procedure is currently not FDA-approved for use in the United States.

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