Which patients can be treated with HIFU?

Patients seeking an innovative approach: thermal ablation

Focal One® is the ideal treatment tool to ablate just the diseased part of the prostate for the optimal preservation of quality of life. This latest HIFU medical device marketed is dedicated to focal therapy. The real-time imaging allows for precise local ablation in one session under general anesthesia, repeatable if necessary, with few side effects.

Patients who have already received HIFU treatment

All patients treated with robotic HIFU prostate tissue ablation can receive repeat treatments if the outcome of the original treatment justifies it. This option to repeat treatment is not available with conventional radiotherapy and surgical treatments.

Patients who have already received radiotherapy

HIFU ablation can be performed when a patient has already received radiotherapy treatment.

HIFU procedure contraindications:

  • Anal or rectal surgery that prevents insertion of the probe

  • Artificial sphincter, penile implants and intra-prostatic implants

  • Allergy to latex



Last update 20 June 2018.

  • Glossary
  • General anesthesia
    Puts a patient to sleep and induces a loss of sensation.
  • Prostate
    Gland in the male genital system that plays a role in semen production.
  • Side effect
    Generally adverse secondary consequence of a treatment.
  • Sphincter
    Ring 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.
  • Thermal ablation
    Treatment using the Ablatherm HIFU® or Focal One® devices
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