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High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Technology

 


PRECISION PROSTATE CANCER CARE

Arkansas Urology is proud to partner with Vituro Health to be one of 11 different providers in the country of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology, the latest treatment for prostate cancer.

"Arkansas Urology provides the highest quality care and innovation to their patients, we are fortunate to have this quality group representing the Vituro Health brand. Dr. Tim Goodson, his partners and skilled staff are great additions to our growing men's health delivery system," said Clete Walker, CEO of Vituro Health.

Dr. Tim Goodson of Arkansas Urology has experience in numerous minimally invasive methodologies, and is excited to add HIFU as another tool he can use to treat patients with fewer side effects. "I've been following the focal therapy movement for a long time with great interest," said Goodson. "Giving patients a minimally invasive treatment option is what we are all about at Arkansas Urology, and this partnership with Vituro is the perfect opportunity to continue doing that on a high level."

Dr. Goodson believes partnering with Vituro Health is the right decision for many reasons. "We were very impressed with Vituro as a whole and the experience that they bring. The attention to detail given to their patients is another thing that sets them apart from other HIFU providers."

Dr. Goodson views focal therapy and HIFU as the next step forward in the prostate cancer industry. "For folks who might be uncomfortable with active surveillance, and don't want the side effects that more invasive treatments like surgery can bring, HIFU is a great option."

By partnering with Arkansas Urology, Vituro Health now offers prostate cancer management services and HIFU treatment to men in 11 different locations across the country.

PROVEN PROSTATE CANCER THERAPY

HIFU is a minimally invasive procedure which offers drastically reduced side effects, such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence, and the same efficacy rates as traditional, more invasive prostate treatment options.

There are several benefits to HIFU: 

  • Outpatient procedure
  • Minimally invasive
  • No surgery, no radiation
  • Lower side effect risk
  • Personalized treatment
  • Quality of life maintenance
  • Achieves excellent disease-free rates

Every patient is different and there are many important factors to be taken into consideration to determine if a patient is a good candidate for HIFU treatment.

Ask us today if HIFU is right for you.


Taken from Vituro Health

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

  • What is HIFU?
  • How is HIFU different?
  • Has HIFU been well-studied?
  • Does HIFU have side effects?
  • Do I qualify for HIFU?
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    What is HIFU?

    HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) is a minimally invasive procedure which offers dramatically reduced side effects. HIFU eradicates prostate cancer through the precision focusing of sound waves to a targeted spot. The process results in the creation of heat due to the interaction between the sound waves and the cancerous tissue to destroy cancer cells.

    How is HIFU different?

    HIFU is a minimally invasive procedure which offers drastically reduced side effects, such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence, and the same efficacy rates as traditional, more invasive prostate treatment options. Worldwide, more than 50,000 men have been treated for prostate cancer using HIFU. In 2014 and 2015 thousands of men left the United States to seek HIFU treatment and its many benefits prior to HIFU receiving FDA clearance in the fall of 2015.

    Has HIFU been well-studied?

    Although HIFU therapy was FDA cleared for prostate ablation in October 2015, the technology has been around for three decades and has been used to treat prostate cancer since 1995. Several studies have been published on HIFU effectiveness showing men that with low- to moderate-risk disease achieve excellent disease-free rates and excellent negative biopsy rates. The most recent HIFU study shows overall survival five years following the procedure is 97 percent, which is no different than traditional treatments; in addition to excellent long-term survival, it is metastasis-free survival at 97 percent.

    Does HIFU have side effects?

    The advantage of HIFU performed by an experienced, peer-to-peer trained physician, such as those at Vituro Health, is the minimal risk of side effects. However, urinary tract infections can occur following HIFU therapy since a catheter is used in the immediate days following treatment. Other side effects can include effects on the frequency and urgency of urination, mild discomfort, or discharge in the urinary stream in the first few weeks following HIFU.

    If an inexperienced and untrained physician performs HIFU, the same side effects that accompany traditional prostate cancer treatments, such as incontinence and impotence, can occur.

    Do I qualify for HIFU?

    Every patient is different and there are many important factors to be taken into consideration to determine if a patient is a good candidate for HIFU treatment. Ask us today if HIFU is right for you.

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