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What is the Sonablate® 500?
Benefits of HIFU
The Next Step
Statistics show that one out of every six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime in his life. At the Center for Robotics, Laparoscopy and Advanced Urology, a division of The Westchester Medical Group, we focus on using cutting edge technology to treat prostate cancer. Dr. Judd Boczko and Dr. Bryan Blair bring their expertise to this exciting field and are proud to be part of a select group of urologists nationwide who offers HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound ) as an alternative treatment for men with prostate cancer.
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU, utilizes highly energized, high frequency sound waves that are focused on a single spot. The accompanying pressure waves collide with one another, releasing a tremendous amount of energy instantaneously. This released energy is converted into heat causing the temperature to immediately rise. For prostate cancer, the temperature is allowed to rise to 100 degrees Centigrade (boiling!), which leads to death of the cancer. Furthermore, the oscillating nature of the waves produces rapid fluctuations between high pressures and low pressures within the cancerous tissue itself. This leads to a process known as cavitation, a process that is lethal to cancer cells. By combining these two unique properties and focusing them onto the cancerous tissue, effective eradication of the cancer can be instantaneously achieved. One of the most important aspects of HIFU, is that being treated with it does not preclude patients from being treated with surgery or radiation, should they require further treatment.
The precision unique to HIFU allows surgeons to direct treatment to prostate tissue while sparing nervovascular bundles and the urinary sphincter, thus preserving urinary control and sexual function in the vast majority of patients.
In most cases, HIFU is a 2-4 hour, one-time procedure performed on an out-patient basis under anesthesia. Unlike radiation, HIFU is non-ionizing; this means that HIFU may also be used as a salvage technique if other prostate cancer treatments fail. With HIFU, there is no blood loss and minimal recovery time.
Over 6000 men, in nearly 100 HIFU centers worldwide, have already chosen HIFU with the Sonablate® 500, because it is the most advanced HIFU therapy available. If you are a patient in the Westchester, New York, or Connecticut area, and you are interested in discussing HIFU with a trained HIFU surgeon, please contact us at 914.682.6470.
Center for Robotics, Laparoscopy, and Advanced Urology
WESTMED Medical Group
210 Westchester Avenue
Department of Urology
White Plains, NY 10604
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