About Ablatherm® HIFU
What is Ablatherm® HIFU?
Ablatherm® HIFU is a procedure where the temperature inside the prostate is raised to 85° Celsius using a focused ultrasound beam.
After spinal anesthesia with intravenous sedation the physician places a probe into the rectum. This probe emits a beam of high intensity focused ultrasound. At the point where the ultrasound is focused (focal point) the sudden and intense absorption of the ultrasound beam quickly raises the temperature which destroys targeted cells.
The area destroyed by each beam is very small and precise. By repeating the process and moving the focal point it is possible to destroy the prostate tissue. The treatment takes from 2 to 2 ½ hours depending upon the size of the prostate and is performed on an outpatient basis.
In 1989, three prestigious European research groups united in their efforts and initiated a project to develop an efficient and non-surgical treatment for localized prostate cancer.
After ten years of development Ablatherm® HIFU was approved for treatment in Europe. At present, Ablatherm® HIFU is being used throughout Europe, Russia and other Asian countries. To date, thousands of patients have been treated successfully in many European centers, Canada and throughout the world.Research
Ablatherm® HIFU has been extensively used in Europe. One report of 803 patients published in 2010 showed that 85% of the patients had negative prostate biopsies and 83% had PSA levels at seven years indicating that they were disease free.
So far in our experience of patients undergoing Ablatherm® HIFU only 7% of patients have required further treatment for their prostate cancer. In those developing a recurrence, they remain candidates for surgery, radiation or hormone therapy.
Ablatherm® HIFU treatment has a similar success rate to radical prostatectomy but has the major advantage of using non-invasive technology with fewer side effects.
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Ablatherm HIFU is an outpatient procedure that does not involve surgery and takes approximately two hours.