Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC) offers a minimally invasive treatment option for men with localized prostate disease. Sonablate® HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound) uses a focused approach and is designed to be a customized procedure for patients with prostate disease, targeting only the diseased prostate tissue while leaving surrounding healthy tissue unharmed.
Sonablate HIFU uses sound energy to generate heat that ablates (destroys) targeted tissue within the body. This is a similar concept to using the sun and a magnifying glass to burn a hole in a leaf. Focused sound waves pass safely through prostate tissue until they reach the focal point, where they produce enough heat to destroy only that tissue.
Benefits of this technology include:
Minimally invasive and radiation-free procedure
Targets only the diseased prostate tissue
Lower chance of side effects compared to traditional surgery
Performed as same-day, outpatient procedure
Shorter recovery time helping patients return to normal activities sooner
If necessary, future treatments can be repeated.
"We are committed to providing patients with the highest quality, most effective options to address their urology needs," said Andy Guz, CEO at LWRMC. "Sonablate HIFU allows us to provide a treatment option for patients who want to take action and preserve their quality of life but do not yet qualify for surgery or radiation.”
Recent data from clinical studies show that oncological outcomes over eight years were similar between focal therapy and radical prostatectomy in patients with non-metastatic low- intermediate prostate cancer.1 At eight years follow up, 79% of radical prostatectomy patients treated and 83% of focal therapy patients were free of needing additional intervention.1
1. Shah T.T. et al. Focal therapy compared to radical prostatectomy for non-metastatic prostate cancer: a propensity score-matched study. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases 2021
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.