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Patient benefits of Robotic HIFU Prostatic Tissue Ablation

 

Non-invasive procedure: Preserves quality of life and allows speedy return to normal life

Robotic HIFU prostate tissue ablation is a non-invasive procedure, which means that no incision is made, therefore leaving no scar. The impact on neighboring organs such as the urinary sphincter (incontinence) and erector nerves is limited. The HIFU procedure probe is inserted into the rectum, enabling very easy access to the prostate, which is located immediately behind the rectum wall.

(1) Focal therapy with HIFU for localized prostate cancer: a prospective multicentric study. Rischmann P. et al. [358] EAU 2014

Repeatable radiation-free procedure

Unlike radiotherapy radiation, ultrasound waves are quite harmless. They are used in a range of applications including ultrasound imaging during pregnancy. With HIFU technology, the same harmless waves are produced at a higher intensity and focused to create a therapeutic effect for prostate tissue ablation. (2)

(2) Morbidity associated with repeated transrectal high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment of localized prostate cancer, Blana A. et al. World J Urol (2006) 24:585-590 DOI 10.1007/s00345-006-0107-x

Custom treatment: radical or focal approach

With HIFU medical devices, the urologist is able to provide a personalized procedure, taking into account the anatomy of the prostate, the patient's preferences and any other procedures already received. The urologist may decide to treat only the target area within the prostate (in a "focal" strategy) rather than ablating the entire prostate ("radical" strategy), in order to maintain the maximum quality of life by limiting the impact on the surrounding tissue.

Robotic procedure for maximum precision and safety

The urologist plans the HIFU procedure and the machine then precisely executes the instructions, with movements that are accurate to the millimeter, which is not possible when working by hand. HIFU medical devices are equipped with many automatic safety features and procedure parameters can be monitored in real time for maximum safety and effectiveness.

 

 

 

Last update 7 february 2017.

  • Glossary
  • Erector nerve
    These nerves, situated along the perimeter of the prostate, initiate penile erections.
  • Non-invasive
    Describes medical procedures that do not require an incision to be made in the skin.
  • Prostate
    Gland in the male genital system that plays a role in semen production.
  • Rectum
    Final section of the large intestine, ending at the anus.
  • Sphincter
    Ring of muscle around a natural orifice, allowing the orifice to open and close. - The urinary sphincter, located at the prostate outlet, controls the retention and release of urine. - The anal sphincter controls the retention and release of stools.
  • Ultrasound
    Painless medical imaging examination performed using an ultrasound scanner.
  • Urologist
    Physician who specializes in urinary and genital conditions.
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