The HIFU uses ultrasound energy to rapidly heat and destroy tissue in the prostate without damaging areas in the prostate. This reduces the risk of side effects such as urinary inconsistence and erectile dysfunction.
Kingwood Medical Center Urologist Cordell Nwokeji said has treated patients with HIFU earlier this month. He said he has been treating patients with HIFU for more than 10 years because it is the only treatment that has the ability to appropriately contour to the gland as well as detect and avoid the neurovascular bundles to give patients a greater chance of preserved erectile dysfunction and prevention of urinary consistence.
“In addition to treating patients, I have been training other doctors for the past 2 years,” Nwokeji said. “The number of hospitals and medical centers that offer HIFU in the US continues to grow which clearly exhibits the increasing adoption of HIFU as a treatment option for killing prostate tissue in men with localized prostate cancer. I am very happy to bring this technology to Kingwood Medical Center.”
HIFU is a one-time procedure that allows patients to return home that same day and return to their normal lifestyle in a few days. If necessary, HIFU may be repeated and can be used to treat patients that have failed radiation therapy. It does not preclude any future treatments including surgery or radiation.
SOURCE: Houston Chronicle