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Locatii pentru tratamentele HIFU

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Incepand cu primavara acestui an, toti pacientii interesati de tehnica HIFU pentru cancerul de prostata, locatiile in care oferim terapia HIFU sunt urmatoarele:

1) In Romania: Bucuresti - Spitalul PONDERAS; in Cluj - Clinica E Uro; in Iasi - Spitalul ARCADIA; de asemenea, la cerere putem oferi tratament si la Arad intr-o locatie Terapeutica SA.

2) In Bulgaria: Plovdiv - Clinica Medicus Alpha

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:10)


Frequent Asked Questions

How long has the Sonablate® 500 been in use? Where is it being used?

HIFU was originally researched in the United States almost 50 years ago. Focus Surgery, Inc., the developers of the Sonablate®, introduced the first application for prostate disease in the early 1990s. In countries where the Sonablate® is authorized or HIFU treatments are permitted, over 6,000 treatments have been done with the Sonablate®, and there are nearly 100 centers offering Sonablate® HIFU treatments.

Is it a one-time procedure or do I need multiple treatments?

In most cases, HIFU with the Sonablate® 500 is a one-time procedure that lasts approximately one to four hours, depending on the size of the prostate.

What should I expect after I have HIFU?

During the first one to two weeks after the procedure, a patient may experience very mild urinary symptoms such as frequency and/or urgency to void. In the first one to two months, a patient may pass an occasional small amount of blood, blood clots or mucus-like materials in the urine stream which is normal. A urinary catheter is inserted during the procedure and must be kept in place for two to four weeks. See page 16 for information regarding side effects and risks.

Is this a type of radiation like brachytherapy? Which one is a better minimally invasive procedure?

HIFU is completely radiation free. Unlike radiation, ultrasound energy is non-ionizing meaning it is less likely to harm any tissue outside of the targeted area. Although brachytherapy and HIFU are both considered minimally invasive, generally, HIFU only requires one treatment. Also the radioactive seeds that are implanted during brachytherapy remain in the prostate and could potentially cause damage to tissue around the prostate, even several years after having the procedure.

How do I know if I am a candidate for HIFU? What are the qualifications?

If you have been diagnosed with localized prostate cancer that has not spread or metastasized outside of the gland, you may be a candidate for HIFU. It is recommended that you discuss your individual medical records and history with a physician in order to confirm whether or not you are a candidate for HIFU.
What happens to the urethra during HIFU? Since it runs through the center of the prostate is it destroyed during the procedure?
During HIFU, the entire prostate is ablated, including the prostatic urethra. However, the urethra is derived from a different type of tissue (bladder squamous-type epithelium) rather than prostatic tissue (glandular, fibrotic and muscular). While the urethra is an important anatomical structure, the sphincter and bladder neck are more important to maintaining the urinary function.

Is this procedure repeatable?

Yes, Sonablate® HIFU may be repeated if necessary although in most cases it is a one-time procedure. Additionally, unlike radiation, HIFU is a clean energy source and will not prevent patients from pursuing other types of salvage therapy in the event of a recurrence.

How long will I have to stay in the hospital?

Sonablate® HIFU is an outpatient procedure and does not normally require an overnight hospital stay. The procedure usually takes one to four hours and recovery time lasts two to three hours. After recovery, the patient is discharged.

Where is the procedure available?

In Romania there are five such centres where HIFU treatments are performed, there are also four centres in Bulgaria. To learn more about these locations and scheduling a procedure, please call us at: +40213175825.
May I speak with men who have already had HIFU or read comments about their experience?
You may read comments from patients online at www.InternationalHIFU.com.

What are the Benefits of Sonablate® HIFU?

• HIFU destroys cancerous tissue.
• During HIFU, patient is not exposed to any radiation.
• No hospital stay is required in most cases.
• HIFU is generally performed under local anesthesia.
• HIFU can be used to treat locally recurrent prostate cancer.
• It is repeatable, if necessary.
• Treatment is non surgical and typically lasts 1-4 hours.
• After HIFU, if needed, patients may pursue other treatment options.

Potential Side Effects and Complications

All treatments for prostate cancer carry some risk for potential side effects and complications. Side effects include frequency, urgency, mild discomfort or discharge in urinary stream. Studies performed outside the US report that less common side effects (these may be more severe) may also include urinary stricture, retention, incontinence, impotence and rectal fistula. As with any medical procedure, all potential side effects and complications should be discussed with a physician before undergoing therapy. For a complete list of all possible risks associated with HIFU please refer to www.InternationalHIFU.com. The only Romanian urologists accredited by the producer to perform HIFU treatments are: Conf. Dr. Valentin Ambert (Bucharest), Dr. Dorin Claici (Timisoara) and Dr. Cristian Manea (Cluj Napoca) The only application specialist accredited by the producer is Dr. Aurel Iovitu.

Last Updated (Monday, 20 September 2010 12:10)


Where are the Romanian HIFU centres?

1)    Clinica Endoplus, strada Emil Racovita nr. 54, Cluj-Napoca. (Prof. dr. Ioan Coman)
2)    Medas 2000 Bucuresti, in cadrul spitalului Sf. Maria, Bd. Ion Mihalache, Bucuresti (Prof. dr. Valentin Ambert)
3)    CM Irina, str. Caracalului, Craiova (dr. Mitroi)
4)   Centrul de Urologie si Andrologie, Calea Aradului, Timisoara (dr. Dorin Claici)



Last Updated (Monday, 06 December 2010 14:24)