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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicated that the updated ASC payment status for C9747, the code used to bill for HIFU ablation of prostate tissue, now recognises HIFU as a "device-intensive procedure".
However, the stringent government regulations for the approval of HIFU system, rising price pressure faced by market players and unfavorable of reimbursement scenario are the key factors restraining the growth of this market.
Right now, HIFU is the leading edge treatment with the lowest rate of complications.
The patient was reevaluated at years 3, 4, and 6 after HIFU with PSA at 5.
Similar to the electrocoagulation, HIFU results in tissue coagulation necrosis, which can potentially lead to local tissue weakness.
We divided our patients into 3 groups: Group 1 included the initial 65 patients treated with CRYO between 1995 and 1998 (the "early CRYO group"); Group 2 included the last 65 patients treated with CRYO from 2002 to 2004 (after accumulating experience with 150 cryoablation cases) (the "later CRYO group"); and Group 3 included 65 patients who underwent HIFU from 2004 to 2012.
This first-generation HIFU system was released in 2012.
Barry recalled: "The Prostate Mapping and HIFU was done under general anaesthetic and when I came round there was an obvious feeling that there didn't seem to be any pain.
Combining into one unique HIFU device the latest imaging modalities, such as MRI localization and contrast-enhanced ultrasound control, with the ultimate dynamic focusing HIFU technology, Focal.
Meanwhile, the push is on to gain FDA approval for HIFU prostate cancer treatment in the US so that it will be covered by health insurance.
These results are very encouraging and demonstrate that HIFU provides an alternative to traditional prostate cancer treatments with fewer side effects, which could mean a significant improvement in the quality of life for patients.
Focal HIFU involves careful selection of tumours, as small as a grain of rice, within the prostate gland and targeting them with highly focused ultrasound to heat them and destroy them.
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