Sonoma Medicine Magazine’s Article on High Intensity Focused Ultrasound – by Dr. Michael Lazar

Sonoma Medicine Magazine’s Article on High Intensity Focused Ultrasound – by Dr. Michael Lazar

Michael Lazar, MDPatients diagnosed with prostate cancer are faced with treatment options. The historical remedies—radiation therapy, surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and freezing the cancerous
gland—have risks and negative side effects, especially incontinence
and impotence. A new technology, however, is coming of age in its
ability to diminish these risks and side effects. This nonsurgical
outpatient option—high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)—takes
approximately one to four hours to perform, depending on prostate
size, and has a relatively short recovery period.

With HIFU, most patients are up and walking around within two to three hours and may resume normal activities within a couple of days, with minimal discomfort. HIFU patients also experience fewer side effects than those receiving traditional prostate
treatments weeks after the procedure, patients may experience mild urinary symptoms,
such as frequency and/or urgency to may also pass an occasional small amount of blood or mucus-like materials, which is normal. Read the full article here …

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