Robotic HIFU Prostate Surgery: The Non-Invasive, Life-Saving Procedure Similar to Breast Lumpectomy

Advancements in medical technology have given rise to more sophisticated and less invasive treatments for cancer. One such advancement is Robotic High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for prostate cancer, a therapy that bears a remarkable resemblance to a breast lumpectomy. Just as a lumpectomy aims to remove cancerous tissue while preserving as much healthy breast tissue as possible, Robotic Focal HIFU offered at Erlanger spares healthy prostate tissue. This innovative approach minimizes the risks of complications and significantly enhances the quality of life for patients.

Preserving Quality of Life Through Focal Therapy


Focal therapy, like HIFU, targets only the cancerous part of the prostate, thereby preserving the surrounding healthy tissue. This is akin to how a breast lumpectomy removes only the tumor, leaving the rest of the breast intact. By focusing treatment precisely, HIFU reduces the risks of erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence, typical side effects of radical prostatectomy. This preservation of function is crucial for maintaining patients’ quality of life and overall well-being.

Frequently Asked Questions About Robotic High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)


What is Focal HIFU?

Focal HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is a minimally invasive treatment for prostate cancer. It uses focused ultrasound waves to heat and destroy cancerous cells in the prostate. The procedure is performed with robotic precision, ensuring accuracy and minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

What Are the Advantages of Focal HIFU?
  • Minimally Invasive: Unlike traditional surgery, HIFU does not involve incisions, which means less pain and quicker recovery.
  • Tissue Preservation: By targeting only the cancerous areas, HIFU spares healthy tissue, reducing the risk of side effects such as erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
  • Outpatient Procedure: Many patients can go home the same day, avoiding the need for a prolonged hospital stay.
  • Quick Recovery: Most patients resume normal activities within a few days.
Am I Eligible for Focal HIFU?

Eligibility for focal HIFU depends on several factors, including the stage and grade of prostate cancer, overall health, and previous treatments. Generally, it is suitable for patients with localized prostate cancer. A thorough evaluation by a specialist at Erlanger Urology will determine if HIFU is the right option for you.

What Happens Before Treatment?

Before undergoing focal HIFU, you will have a detailed consultation with your healthcare provider. This will include reviewing your medical history and diagnostic tests, such as MRI or biopsy, and discussing your treatment goals and expectations. Pre-treatment instructions will be provided, which may include fasting or medication adjustments.

What Happens After Treatment?

Post-treatment, you will be monitored in a recovery area until the effects of anesthesia wear off. Most patients can go home the same day. You will receive specific instructions on caring for yourself at home, including activity restrictions and signs to watch for potential complications. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your recovery and assess the effectiveness of the treatment.

Are There Side Effects?

While focal HIFU is designed to minimize side effects, some patients may experience temporary urinary symptoms, mild discomfort, or swelling. Serious side effects are rare but can include infection or urinary retention. Your healthcare provider will discuss all potential risks and how to manage them.

Robotic High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) represents a significant advancement in prostate cancer treatment, like the role of lumpectomy in breast cancer care. By sparing healthy tissue and reducing the risk of debilitating side effects, HIFU offers a promising option for patients seeking effective and less invasive cancer treatment.

If you or a loved one are exploring treatment options for prostate cancer, consult with the experts at Erlanger Urology to see if focal HIFU is right for you. Learn more about HIFU and connect with one of our physicians HERE.