high-intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/26/2007 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I am still researching options for my father and I ran across a new procedure called high-intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU.
Here are some links about it.
What do you think?  Has anybody had this done or knows of someone who has? 

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 11/26/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
HIFU has been used for some years to treat thousands of patients in Europe and Japan.
The sage advise of finding a top doctor is more important and probably more difficult in relation to HIFU treatment in USA without the extensive use.
Postings and information I've seen has been from people who have gone to Canada, Europe, or elsewhere  for the treatment. The yananow site has some mentors experiences.

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   Posted 11/26/2007 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Here are a few threads from this forum about HIFU -








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   Posted 11/30/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the HIFU procedure as a part of a clinical trial 7 months ago. I am dissapointed that the info did not alert me to the side effects I am experiencing. The major problem is urinary track blockage. I am able to avoid the the blockage by drinking large amounts of water and keeping the track flushed. However, traveling becomes more difficult as I need to urinate often.
Most of the HIFU literature says that ED should not be a problem after HIFU. I am certainly not back to normal, Cialis and the pump have not been satisfactory. I hope that time will take care of that problem.
As I see it at this point, HIFU is better than the surgery in that it is not as invasive. Incontinence is not a problem, but the blockage caused by the sluffing of the killed prostate fibers has been something that I have had to deal with. 
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