Here is a basic description of what to expect. Patients will be provided with detailed instructions prior to treatment.
During HIFU Treatment
It is very important that the patient does not move during HIFU thus patients are given a general anesthesia and remain perfectly still. There is no pain during the prostate cancer treatment. A small probe inserted into the rectum emits ultrasound waves directly to the prostatic tissue. During the procedure, the ABLATHERM system delivers real-time images of the prostate and the surrounding area giving the physician immediate and detailed feedback. Prostate cancer treatment time varies but generally lasts one to four hours depending on the size of the prostate.
After HIFU Treatment
Immediately after HIFU there is a one to two hour recovery period at the prostate cancer treatment facility and then you are discharged. Recovery is minimal. A Foley catheter is inserted during the procedure that is usually worn for two weeks. People usually are up and walking around within hours after HIFU and can return to a normal lifestyle within a couple of days. Some HIFU patients experience frequency, urgency, mild discomfort or discharge in urinary stream. During your recovery time at home, a staff member is always available to guide you with any questions.