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What to Expect from Sonablate HIFU
By Health Coach ⋅ September 25, 2012 ⋅ Post a comment
Because Sonablate HIFU is a relatively new treatment for prostate cancer, it is one that many patients simply do not know about. Because of this, if you find yourself facing the procedure, you may not know what to expect. When you are facing the unknown, you could find yourself afraid, anxious, and worried. When you visit the urology clinic for an HIFU procedure, you will obviously need to know what to expect from the procedure, from the results and from the recovery. Here is what you need to know so that you can be prepared for the procedure.
Of course, HIFU is only available for those who qualify. Many patients do qualify for the procedure and you will need to talk to your doctor in more detail. The main factor in qualification of it depends on the cancer itself. If the cancer is confined to the prostate and it has not spread to anywhere else in the body, then there is a very good chance you will be able to undergo the procedure if you determine this is the option that you want to follow.
If you are not familiar with Palm Beach Urology and the Sonablate HIFU, then you need to know a little about the procedure itself. Here are some details that you will need to know.
HIFU stands for high intensity focused ultrasound.
This procedure does not require cutting or tissue damage.
A concentrated ultrasound wave is used to target the cancerous cells and then heat them to a degree that they cannot survive.
The most important thing to understand about choosing Sonablate HIFU is that you are doing a great deal to save surrounding tissue. Unlike other treatments that are extremely hard on the body, this treatment only attacks the cancer cells within the prostate.
Many people choose Sonablate HIFU through Palm Beach Urology because of the minimal recovery time. This is an outpatient procedure. Barring any unexpected events, you will come in for the treatment and then go home on the very same day. You will not have to spend even one night in the hospital and you will not have to undergo various follow up treatments. Because this option is minimally invasive, the recovery time at home is very short as well. Most patients only experience minimal discomfort and they are able to return to their daily activities in just a matter of days. This is a big difference from other types of cancer treatments.
Of course, many people worry about the effects of prostate cancer and treatment. Often with other types of treatments, there are a number of negative effects that patients will have to face. When you choose to undergo HIFU, you will need to understand a few statistics and the effects to expect from the procedure. Here are the things that you need to know.
In standard HIFU, the treatment has a success rate of more than 90 percent. Even if the cancer does recur, it can still be treated in the same manner.
Incontinence is less of an issue. In standard HIFU, almost 100 percent of men keep their continence. Only one percent of men suffer from incontinence in the wake of the procedure.
Only 30 percent of patients suffer from erectile dysfunction after undergoing standard HIFU. In focal HIFU, only 11 percent of patients suffer from it. These numbers are much lower than other types of treatments.
Now that you know what to expect from Sonablate HIFU through Palm Beach Urology, you will be better prepared to undergo the procedure if you need to.
This guest blog is contributed by Nadya Prieto, Practice Administrator of Palm Beach Urology. More information on HIFU can be found at www.palmbeachurology.com.
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