HMU is the first facility in Houston to offer FDA approved HIFU for
prostate tissue Ablation as a therapy for prostate cancer
Pictured above from left to right: Dr. Donald Beradinucci, Dr. Cordell
Nwokeji, Dr. Michael Mineo, Dr.Robert Light
May 15, 2016-
Houston Metro Urology is proud to be
the first medical practice in Houston to offer HIFU as an option to
treat localized prostate cancer. We are aware that
when it comes to your prostate cancer, there are many options. Our
goal is to provide patients with the ideal treatment plan to insure
the best possible outcome.
am excited to have done the first HIFU place in Houston since it’s
FDA approval . This presents a great opportunity for physicians to
learn this procedure, which is excellent, innovative
and very effective.
I have been doing this procedure for over 9 years and it is an honor
to have it done here at the HMU Surgery Center. This treatment is an
alternative procedure for prostate oblation, which is used to manage
Dr. Cordell Nwokeji,
What is HIFU?
HIFU or (high-
intensity focused ultrasound) is a noninvasive procedure (meaning
there is no surgery required) that uses high frequency ultrasonic
waves to eliminate prostate cancer cells through the power of
focused heat. A specialized probe is inserted through the rectum,
where it administers focused ultrasonic waves to cancerous portions
of the prostate gland.
When the probe
is set into place and the targeted area for treatment is acquired, a
beam heats up to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit and administers a
burst of heat to the affected area for 3 seconds. Each beam
administered covers about 3 millimeters of tissue, which is about
the size of a grain of rice. HIFU is extremely precise in order to
spare as many healthy prostate cells as possible, while effectively
disposing of the cancer.
Who would HIFU benefit?
Men whose prostate cancer is
localized and has not spread
Small to medium sized prostates
(Less than 30-50 grams)
Salvage treatment for recurrent
cancer after radiation or surgery
If you are not a candidate for
other kinds of treatments
Patients who are currently under
or who have failed active surveillance
How long does the HIFU procedure
What to expect after the HIFU
Normally, no hospital stay is
Not a painful procedure
Most patients resume normal
activities in less than a week, but try to be cautious for 2
May experience temporary bruising
May be unable to to urinate for a
few days. A super pubic tube is placed in the bladder during the
procedure and is removed several weeks after.
May have a slow stream and or
frequent urination for 2-3 months.
You will undergo surveillance
PSA’s after HIFU similar to surveillance done with other
prostate cancer therapies.
Talk to your
Houston Metro Urology physician today to see if HIFU could be a
viable treatment option for you.
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