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HIFU Treatment in Salt Lake City

Prostate Cancer Treatment from Dr. Gange

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In the United States, approximately 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer which is the most common non-skin cancer in men. Fortunately, thanks to awareness and advancements in treatment options, 5-year survival of patients diagnosed is up 99%. Dr. Gange, an innovator in modern treatment options, offers HIFU which is one of the latest innovations in prostate cancer treatment.

Sonablate® HIFU is most effective for men who have early stage, a localized prostate cancer that has not spread or metastasized outside the prostate. Dr. Gange was trained by the two leading HIFU surgeons in the world and began performing HIFU in 2007 taking his patients outside of the US (40 countries approved HIFU use before the US). Finally, FDA clearance in late 2015 paved the path for treatment in the US; after some logistical hurdles, we now anticipate that Dr. Gange will be able to offer HIFU treatment for prostate cancer in Salt Lake City beginning in late 2018. Meanwhile, Dr. Gange has performed more HIFU procedures for than any urologist in the Intermountain West. It is recommended that all men discuss individual medical records and history with a physician in order to confirm whether or not they are a candidate for HIFU.

Sonablate® HIFU is also an effective therapy for recurrent prostate cancer when patients may not have any other treatment options. Many patients who have had radiation therapy experience a rise in PSA and discover that the cancer has returned. These patients may be candidates for the HIFU treatment as well.

“I strongly believe that a curative procedure should never be worse than the disease” Steven Gange, MD

 

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The HIFU procedure typically lasts between 1-4 hours, depending on the size of the prostate, and is either done under general or epidural anesthesia. .Dr Gange was trained by the two leading HIFU surgeons in the world and began performing HIFU in 2007 taking his patients outside of the US (40 countries approved HIFU use before the US). Finally, FDA clearance in late 2015 paved the path for treatment in the US; after some logistical hurdles, we now anticipate that Dr. Gange will be able to offer HIFU treatment for prostate cancer in Salt Lake City beginning in late 2018. Meanwhile, Dr. Gange has performed more HIFU procedures for than any urologist in the Intermountain West. During the procedure, a suprapubic or foley catheter will be put into place to help with urination, and will typically stay in place for 1-3 weeks.

After the HIFU treatment, patients will be in recovery for about 2-4 hours. Once released from the treatment center, patients return home or to a hotel to recover more comfortably.

Though it is recommended that patients take things easy, most patients feel well enough to go out for dinner and maybe even a walk, the day of the procedure.

“For early to intermediate risk cancer, HIFU therapy is equal to radical surgery in terms of cancer control. And it offers a much more favorable side effect profile. Primarily, minimal to no incontinence risks, and a minimal impact on erectile function.” Steven Gange, MD

HIFU Outcomes & Effectiveness

Studies show after being treated with HIFU…

94%

of men (low risk) were disease-free after 4 years

92%

of men had a PSA of .2ng/ML or lower after 3 months

Side Effects & Complication Rates

Sonablate® HIFU is non-invasive and has the ability to spare the nerves responsible for preserving potency. Additionally, the procedure does not damage muscles that control urinary function. Therefore HIFU patients typically experience much lower rates of side effects than traditional treatments.

Make Your Appointment

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Gange, request an appointment online or call our office at (801) 993-1800.

 


I have seen Dr. Gange for a number of years and developed the typical symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. During my annual urologist visit, Dr. Gange laid out my options. After doing some personal research, I elected to have the Urolift procedure performed by Dr. Gange on an outpatient basis.

The procedure was uncomfortable but not particularly painful compared to other surgeries I have had. Recovery was relatively quick and I was back at work after two days of rest.

I did experience some significant discomfort associated with urination but was counseled that I was not drinking enough water. Once I increased my consumption of water, most of the discomfort went away and I was back to normal after about two weeks.

In the wake of the surgery, the urgency to urinate has gone away. The interval between trips to the bathroom has lengthened significantly such that I usually get up to urinate only once each night and sometimes not at all.

Having talked with others who have had more drastic prostate surgery, I feel that the Urolift procedure was much less stressful and the results were as hoped for.