High 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

Contact HIFU Prostate Services

HIFU Prostate Services would be happy to discuss payment options for this prostate cancer treatment.

If you have any questions please call HIFU Prostate Services at 1(877)884-HIFU (4438).