Summertime is full of days at the lake or by the pool and spending a lot of time outdoors. June is Men’s Health month and for most men, this seems like a bad time to have prostate surgery BUT that’s not the case anymore. Dr. Tim Goodson from Arkansas Urology joins me now to tell us about a leading-edge technology procedure called HIFU.
How is HIFU different from other procedures?
HIFU is a minimally invasive procedure that 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.
Now the survival rate drastically changes with the HIFU procedure?
Yes, 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, in addition to excellent long-term survival, it is metastasis-free survival at 97 percent.
HIFU has minimal side effects but still has some. What are those?
Dr. Goodson: 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.
How does someone 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. You can give our office a call and we can set up an appointment to help you determine if it is right for you.
One thing Arkansas Urology focuses on is the community and I understand you all have some events coming up?
We are dedicated to improving urological health for men and women in the community. We are hosting a community health talk event on June 6th. Check-in 5:30 p.m. at the Centerview surgery center. We are also having an event that is RSVP only about overactive bladders, how to know when you need to see a doctor and your treatment options. That is taking place on June 25th at the Centerview Surgery Center.
If you want to learn more about HIFU or other treatments you can visit the Arkansas Urology website at Arkansas Urology dot com.