HIFU stands for high-intensity focused ultrasound. It is a minimally invasive procedure that uses ultrasound waves to heat and destroy prostate cancer cells.
During HIFU treatment, a probe is inserted into the rectum and ultrasound waves are focused on the prostate gland. The heat from the ultrasound waves kills the cancer cells, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed.
HIFU may be a good option for men with low- to intermediate-risk prostate cancer who are not candidates for surgery or radiation therapy.
HIFU has several benefits over other treatments for prostate cancer, including:
* It is a minimally invasive procedure, which means that there is less risk of infection and bleeding.
* It is typically performed on an outpatient basis, so patients can go home the same day.
* It is less likely to cause side effects such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence.
The risks of HIFU are generally low, but they can include:
* Erectile dysfunction
There are a number of clinics in Arizona that offer HIFU treatment for prostate cancer. Some of these clinics include:
* East Valley Urology Center of Arizona
The cost of HIFU treatment varies depending on the clinic and the extent of the cancer. However, it is generally less expensive than surgery or radiation therapy.
If your urologist is asking you to pay out of pocket for HIFU, please call our office for a second option. HIFU is fully covered by Medicare and a number of insurances. EVU Center of Arizona has one of the largest number of male patients treated using Sonablate HIFU in the United States. We routinely treat men from across the country Insurance coverage for HIFU treatment varies. Some insurance companies will cover the cost of treatment, while others will not. It is important to check with your insurance company to see if HIFU treatment is covered.
If you are considering HIFU treatment for prostate cancer, it is important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the procedure. HIFU may be a good option for you if you are looking for a minimally invasive treatment that has a high success rate.
It is important to note that these are just some of the symptoms that may allow for HIFU treatment. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment for you.
Here are some additional information about HIFU treatment:
I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have any other questions.