Currently, there are HIFU systems approved to treat uterine fibroids , pain from bone metastases and the prostate in Asia, Canada, Europe, Israel, Latin America and the United States. There is regulatory approval to treat a range of cancers, including breast, kidney, liver, the pancreas and soft tissue sarcoma in Europe and Asia. There is a brain system approved in Europe, Korea and Russia to treat essential tremor, Parkinsonian tremor and neuropathic pain. Non-image guided HIFU devices may be marketed for cosmetic purposes (typically for body fat reduction) in some jurisdictions.
Following the treatment you will rest for an additional 45-90 minutes until the sedation wears off. After that you will be released and able to go home. You will receive discharge instructions from your doctor, depending upon how you are feeling. Usually nothing is required, although the doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain relief medication. Occasionally women may experience some cramping, similar to menstrual period cramping or shoulder/back pain from lying in the treatment position. Most women are able to return to work and normal activity 1-2 days after the procedure.
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