As many as 31,000 men in the United States die from prostate cancer every year, reports the American Cancer Society. At the practice of board-certified urologist Eugene C. Rajaratnam, MD, in Lancaster, California, men have access to a noninvasive, state-of-the-art treatment called HIFU that uses an ultrasound beam to heat and destroy irregular prostate tissue. To learn more about this non-surgical procedure that has minimal side effects and a quick recovery, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online tool.
Only men have a prostate gland as it’s instrumental in producing some of the fluid in semen. A man’s prostate sits just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It’s about the size of a walnut in younger men but can grow larger as you age. The urethra, which carries urine and semen out of the body through the penis, goes through the center of the prostate.
The prostate can become too large as you age, causing symptoms such as frequent urination. When cells in the prostate become irregular and grow uncontrollably, you have prostate cancer. Early treatment usually successfully resolves this type of cancer.
HIFU stands for high-intensity focused ultrasound. The technology raises the temperature inside the prostate to 85-90 degrees, which is hot enough to kill cancer cells and destroy irregular tissue, either due to prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate. The ultrasound energy is delivered with pinpoint accuracy, meaning you have fewer side effects and a shorter recovery than alternative treatments.
HIFU is an alternative to invasive surgery or radiation.
You receive an IV sedative to numb the spine, and Dr. Rajaratnam places a probe into your rectum. The probe emits ultrasound energy that targets any irregular tissue designated for treatment. The ultrasound energy raises the temperature of the offending tissue and destroys it — leaving you with a healthy prostate.
The treatment usually takes around two hours, depending on the size of your prostate. Most men experience no discomfort during the procedure. HIFU is an outpatient procedure, so you go home the same day to recover. In just a few days, you can resume all normal activities.
HIFU offers several advantages when it comes to treating prostate cancer and enlarged prostate. These include:
Dr. Rajaratnam reviews your case to determine if HIFU is an appropriate treatment for you.
If you’re a man with prostate cancer that hasn’t metastasized, or spread past the prostate, you are a candidate for HIFU. HIFU is also valuable as a first-step therapy as it may eliminate the need for invasive surgery or radiation.
If you’ve had a resurgence of cancer following cryotherapy or radiotherapy, HIFU is also appropriate.
If you are suffering from an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer and are looking for alternative treatment methods, HIFU might be for you. Call the office to schedule your appointment or book online.
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