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Focal Laser Ablation (FLA) 2017-08-18T03:43:23+00:00

Focal Laser Ablation (FLA)

Focal laser ablation (also known as LITT for laser interstitial thermo therapy) is a new state-of-the-art alternative to more aggressive and morbid whole gland prostate cancer treatments.

FLA is a quick, minimally-invasive procedure that is designed to target the biopsy proven cancerous lesion in the prostate without damaging the entire prostate gland.

Procedure Highlights

Minimally-invasive FLA has several advantages:

  • Minimally-invasive (no surgery, radiation, incisions, etc.)

  • Low risk of side effects such as incontinence and impotence

  • Quick outpatient procedure with little to no down time

  • Performed under local anesthesia with conscious sedation

  • Real-time monitoring of the laser ablation and ability to set temperature safety limits allows for the protection of critical nerves and tissues which helps to minimize potential complications

  • Immediate results visible with MRI

  • Only ablative device that is MRI compatible

  • Repeatable and does not prevent the patient from having other types of prostate cancer treatment

  • Precise imaging and placement using advanced MRI and software technology allows destruction of the cancer while sparing important nearby structures

  • Fully FDA approved

Laser Prostate Centers of America affiliated physicians utilize multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) to deliver high resolution images of the prostate gland and localize suspicious lesions. This enables a personalized, targeted treatment plan for each patient that meets their needs and treatment goals.

On the day of the procedure, the prostate anatomy is imaged and the tumor location and size is confirmed using real-time image guidance software. Our team will place a laser applicator in the targeted tissue. Then, the clinical team will carefully calculate a “safety zone” to protect healthy tissue and critical structures. Once placement is confirmed, the laser is activated and begins to heat and destroy tumor cells. The ablation of the targeted lesion is controlled by the clinical team in real-time with temperature monitoring software.

This cutting edge procedure is safe and effective.

Laser Prostate Centers of America affiliated physicians utilize multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) to deliver high resolution images of the prostate gland and localize suspicious lesions. This enables a personalized, targeted treatment plan for each patient that meets their needs and treatment goals.

On the day of the procedure, the prostate anatomy is imaged and the tumor location and size is confirmed using real-time image guidance software. Our team will place a laser applicator in the targeted tissue. Then, the clinical team will carefully calculate a “safety zone” to protect healthy tissue and critical structures. Once placement is confirmed, the laser is activated and begins to heat and destroy tumor cells. The ablation of the targeted lesion is controlled by the clinical team in real-time with temperature monitoring software.

This cutting edge procedure is safe and effective.

Is Focal Laser Ablation right for you?

Focal laser ablation can be a great choice for patients who want another option and aren’t satisfied with whole gland therapies or active surveillance. Since FLA has a reduced risk of side effects, it can be a desirable option for many patients.

LPCA can help patients whether they have had a targeted positive biopsy, need a biopsy performed after multi-parametric MRI or need a complete diagnostic workup.

Early detection allows for more options when it comes to treatment. You may choose to seek help if:

  • Your PSA is elevated

  • You aren’t satisfied with “Active Surveillance”

  • Your PSA level is rising post-treatment

  • You have urinary symptoms or are at high-risk for prostate cancer

  • You have a biopsy proven low grade tumor

  • You have a MRI that has detected suspicious lesion(s)

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