HIFU Benefits Series: Shorter Recovery Time

Benefits of HIFU: Shorter Recovery TimeWhat if there was a way to treat your prostate cancer, and actually be back up and around the very same day? One of the great benefits of Sonablate HIFU is a much shorter recovery time than surgery or radiation – even the ability to be active on the same day as treatment.

The Sonablate HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) is a non-invasive medical device that used focused heat to destroy cancerous prostate cells. This device can ablate, or destroy, just the cancerous cells, or your entire prostate, without a single incision. This device is game-changing in the field of prostate cancer.

Radical prostatectomies, made through an incision in the lower abdomen or in the perineum (the area between the anus and the scrotum) can expect a hospital stay of up to a week, and a home recovery time of 3-4 weeks or more. Often times a urinary catheter is left in place for 1-2 weeks, and bladder control can continue to be weak for a few months. There are risks and complications possible including damage to the urethra and rectum, and possible erectile problems. While radical prostatectomies are generally effective in treating prostate cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate, with such an invasive surgery comes a long healing time.

A different prostate cancer treatment, Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomy, or RARP, is a less-invasive technique that uses a laparoscopic approach with the benefit of a robotic partner, the daVinci Surgical System. While this approach is much easier on the body – typically only up to five small incisions through which the instruments are inserted – it is not without issue. There are possible complications to consider such as tissue/organ damage or urinary incontinence. The hospital stay for such a procedure is 1-2 days, typically, and full activity cannot be reached for 3-4 weeks. You will leave the hospital with a catheter for about 7-10 days. Fatigue is common following any surgery such as this.

In stark contrast to these more traditional approaches to treating prostate cancer, is the Sonablate HIFU. This non-invasive device treats the cancer without destroying tissue and structures around the targeted areas. With the aid of real-time imaging, the physician is able to focus the HIFU energy exactly where it needs to be, thus sparing healthy tissue and organs, which speeds up healing. This, combined with the fact that Sonablate requires zero incisions, makes this a very attractive choice for the man who is ready to treat his prostate cancer with precision and focus.

HIFU recovery time is a huge benefit to men looking for prostate cancer treatments. It means minimal disruption of their lives and maybe more importantly, their quality of life.   In general, most men return home after only a few hours in recovery. A catheter will be placed, allowing the body to heal. Many men return to office-based jobs the following day and many enjoy a meal out the night after treatment. Many men are also driving the day after HIFU.. Sexual intercourse can be resumed after catheter use is discontinued. These quality of life benefits allow men to remain active and help with their state of mind.

If a man is looking to get back to life quickly after prostate cancer treatment, he really can’t beat HIFU for prostate cancer. HIFU allows men to return to work much faster, return to daily activities more quickly, and allows men to return to living their life as it was before a prostate cancer diagnosis.

Read about more benefits of HIFU in the HIFU Benefits Series here. 

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