Patient benefits of Robotic HIFU Prostatic Tissue Ablation
Non-invasive procedure: Preserves quality of life and allows a speedy return to normal life
Robotic HIFU prostate tissue ablation is a non-invasive procedure, which means that no incision is made, therefore leaving no scar. The impact on neighboring organs such as the urinary sphincter (incontinence) and erector nerves is limited1. The HIFU procedure probe is inserted into the rectum, enabling very easy access to the prostate, which is located immediately behind the rectum wall.
Repeatable radiation-free procedure
Unlike radiotherapy radiation, ultrasound waves are quite harmless. They are used in a range of applications including ultrasound imaging during pregnancy. With HIFU technology, the same harmless waves are produced at a higher intensity and focused to create a therapeutic effect for prostate tissue ablation.2
Custom treatment: radical or focal approach
With HIFU medical devices, the urologist is able to provide a personalized procedure, taking into account the anatomy of the prostate, the patient's preferences and any other procedures already received. The urologist may decide to treat only the target area within the prostate (in a "focal" strategy) rather than ablating the entire prostate (in a "radical" strategy), in order to maintain the maximum quality of life by limiting the impact on the surrounding tissue.
Robotic procedure for maximum precision and safety
The urologist plans the HIFU procedure and the machine then precisely executes the instructions, with movements that are accurate to the millimeter, which is not possible when working by hand. HIFU medical devices are equipped with many automatic safety features and procedure parameters can be monitored in real time for maximum safety and effectiveness.
Erector nerveThese nerves, situated along the perimeter of the prostate, initiate penile erections.
Non-invasiveDescribes medical procedures that do not require an incision to be made in the skin.
ProstateGland in the male genital system that plays a role in semen production.
RectumFinal section of the large intestine, ending at the anus.
SphincterRing of muscle around a natural orifice, allowing the orifice to open and close. - The urinary sphincter, located at the prostate outlet, controls the retention and release of urine. - The anal sphincter controls the retention and release of stools.
UltrasoundPainless medical imaging examination performed using an ultrasound scanner.
UrologistPhysician who specializes in urinary and genital conditions.