After treatment, the patient will stay in the
A short follow-up examination is conducted the day after treatment
before the patient is released. One can assume a shorter inpatient
stay of a total of one to two days due to the minimal stress.
Since the prostate gland has swelled considerably due to the effects
of the heat, the patient must wear a catheter for about ten days
to avoid urine stasis. The advantages
+ Most patients retain their sexual potency
after HIFU treatment.
+ According to current knowledge, it is expected that HIFU treatment
will not cause permanent incontinence, as very often occurs as
a result of complete removal of the prostate with the cancer (radical
+ Instead of long stays in the hospital, the patient can usually
leave the clinic the day after treatment.
+ The minimally invasive treatment is easy on the entire body.
It is not just heart patients who profit from this.
+ In contrast to other ultrasound methods, the Sonablate 500 procedure
also continues to provide ultrasound pictures of the tissue irradiated
with ultrasound during the treatment (visually directed HIFU®).
This continuous control practically ensures that injuries to the
surrounding tissue do not occur.
+ The transducer head, which can be toggled, makes it possible
to achieve extremely different treatment depths of between 2.5
and 5 centimeters.
HIFU therapy is suitable for whom?
If the tumor has not yet reached its
final stage (physicians speak of four disease stages here) then
the outlook is particularly good for the first two stages, and
in some cases is also good for the third stage.
However, the prostate should not be larger than 40 milliliters.
If it is, it would first have to be decreased through hormone
treatment. If the prostate is too large, photoselective vaporization
treatment (PVP) or ablation (TUR) can be carried out before HIFU
In addition, the degree of calcification plays a large role: Larger
calcifications can hinder the ultrasound waves.
Overall, in terms of economy, the HIFU procedure
is far more cost-effective than conventional or surgical methods.
There is no need for expensive hospital stays, rehabilitation and
possibly psychotherapy. In Germany, most private health insurance
carriers will pay for HIFU treatment. We would gladly prepare a
cost estimate or, if applicable, a medical expense plan.