learn-more-about-HIFUHigh Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

What is HIFU?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a prostate cancer treatment that uses sound waves to create heat at a precise point, called the focal point. HIFU is used to heat and destroy targeted tissue during a 1-4 hour outpatient procedure, depending on the size of the gland, that is individually customized for each patient's prostate cancer treatment.

  • Non-Invasive
  • Single outpatient procedure
  • Quick Recovery
  • Equivalent cancer control compared to surgery or radiation
  • Radiation Free
  • Maintain quality of life
  • No incision
  • No blood loss

HIFU for Prostate Cancer

  • HIFU has similar rates of efficacy as other treatment options for prostate cancer, such as surgery and radiation, with a lower risk of erectile dysfunction and incontinence
  • Men usually return to their normal lifestyle within a few days and the procedure can be repeated if necessary
  • It may be used as a salvage treatment option when a person has already had radiation, Cryotherapy or surgery and the cancer has returned
  • HIFU does not preclude other treatment options

The Sonablate

Sonablate is the minimally invasive medical device used to deliver HIFU to the prostate during treatment. The state-of-the-art technology consists of a console where the physician plans, monitors and adjusts HIFU treatment, a transrectal probe and a chiller, which is a safety device that keeps the rectum cool during treatment.

What You Can Expect

The HIFU procedure typically lasts between 1-4 hours, depending on the size of the prostate, and is either done under general anesthesia or an epidural and IV sedation. In some cases, during the procedure, a Suprapubic catheter will be put into place to help with urination. After the HIFU treatment, patients will be monitored for about 1-4 hours, depending on the size of the gland, before returning home. Most men resume their normal lifestyle within a few days.

HIFU treatments are offered at our Urology Surgery Center, and are performed by:

Dr. Charles Eckstein

Dr. J. Matthew Hassan

Dr. Whitson Lowe

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