High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is an innovative prostate cancer treatment that eliminates your cancer using noninvasive ultrasound instead of surgery or radiation. As pioneers of HIFU in Los Angeles, Kiarash Michel, MD, and his team of board-certified urologists at Comprehensive Urology in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, have extensive experience successfully performing the HIFU procedure. To learn more about HIFU or to schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
HIFU, also called focal therapy, uses high-energy ultrasound waves to treat prostate cancer. The tightly focused waves precisely target the cancer cells in your prostate. Then their high energy quickly heats the targeted cancer cells and destroys them without affecting the surrounding tissues.
HIFU gives you the ability to avoid surgery and radiation therapy. The precision of HIFU spares the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles needed for healthy functioning. As a result, you have a minimal risk of developing erectile dysfunction or urinary incontinence. You’ll also avoid other risks associated with standard cancer treatments, such as lymphedema, fatigue, and diarrhea.
Most men only need one treatment with HIFU. As a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require an incision, you won’t have any trauma or blood loss, and you’ll recover quickly from the process.
HIFU offers an exceptional treatment option for men whose cancer is confined to the prostate and hasn’t spread to other areas of the body. The team at Comprehensive Urology also recommend HIFU for men whose prostate cancer recurs or when their cancer doesn’t improve with traditional cancer treatment.
Your Comprehensive Urology provider evaluates your prostate gland, including its size and the extent of your cancer, before approving you for HIFU. In some cases, your provider may need to shrink the size of your prostate before you’re a good candidate for HIFU.
Kiarash Michel, MD, and the expert team at Comprehensive Urology fully explain the HIFU procedure and answer all your questions so you’ll know what to expect. Before your procedure, they use ultrasound, as well as MRI and biopsy results, to map your prostate and determine the precise location of cancer.
Your provider performs HIFU by inserting the ultrasound probe into your rectum, making it easier for the energy waves to reach the prostate. Then they use real-time imaging to ensure HIFU targets the cancerous cells while preserving healthy prostate tissue.
A typical HIFU treatment takes one to four hours, depending on the extent of cancer. You may experience side effects such as minor swelling, soreness, and discomfort, but they disappear shortly after your treatment.
To learn more about HIFU and your prostate cancer treatment options, book an appointment online, or call Comprehensive Urology today.