High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a newly FDA cleared, minimally invasive treatment designed to provide men with a surgery-free option for prostate cancer. The treatment uses high-intensity sound waves to heat and destroy cancer cells. This allows the cancer to be targeted rather than removing the prostate entirely.
The benefits of this treatment include:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Lower risk of erectile dysfunction
- Decreased probability of incontinence
Although side effects may be less likely with HIFU, there’s still a chance that you may have some. For example, you may have erection problems after the procedure. Some men have problems with urination and are more likely to have bladder infections, after the procedure.
This treatment is not suitable for all cases of prostate cancer. Potential candidates for this procedure are men who have low-volume, previously untreated prostate cancer. Talk with your urologist to determine the best treatment option for you. You can learn more about HIFU treatment options from Urology Centers of Alabama’s partner, Vitruo Health, by clicking here.