HIFU, high intensity focused ultrasound, is an outpatient procedure for killing prostate tissue in patients with localized prostate cancer.  Technology has less risk of side effects than surgery or radiation.

Kingwood, TX  April 16, 2018 – Kingwood Medical Center, an HCA affiliated hospital, has brought High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) as a treatment option for ablating prostate tissue in men with localized prostate cancer in the Houston area.

"At Kingwood Medical Center we have provided the community with high quality, cost-effective healthcare for more 25 years. We are proud to add HIFU technology to the list of procedures we offer patients in our community.  Men diagnosed with prostrate cancer now have an outpatient, less invasive treatment option that returns them to their normal lifestyle within a few days," said Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center.

HIFU uses focused ultrasound energy to rapidly heat and destroy tissue in the prostate. It is an accurate and precise procedure that eliminates prostatic tissue without damaging areas around the prostate.  This greatly reduces the risk of side effects such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Urologist, Cordell Nwokeji ("WO-KEDGE"), MD, treated the first patients at Kingwood Medical Center earlier this month. "I have been treating men with HIFU for more than 10 years because it is the only treatment that has the ability to appropriately contour to the gland as well as detect and avoid the neurovascular bundles which gives my patients a greater chance of preserved erectile function and prevention of urinary incontinence," said Nwokeji. "In addition to treating patients, I have been training other doctors for the past 2 years. The number of hospitals and medical centers that offer HIFU in the US continues to grow which clearly exhibits the increasing adoption of HIFU as a treatment option for killing prostate tissue in men with localized prostate cancer. I am very happy to bring this technology to Kingwood Medical Center." 

As a one-time, outpatient procedure, HIFU allows patients to return home the same day as their procedure and return to their normal lifestyle within a few days.  If necessary, HIFU may be repeated and can be used to treat patients that have failed radiation therapy.  It does not preclude any future treatments including surgery or radiation.

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About Kingwood Medical Center

Kingwood Medical Center is a 373-bed acute care facility that has provided quality care to the Lake Houston Area for over 25 years. It is home to the area's only comprehensive cardiac care and neuroscience programs. The hospital is recognized by DNV as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and ADA as an Accredited Diabetes Center.

Our Women & Children's Center provides Level II and III neonatal intensive care units, high-risk obstetrics, a breast diagnostic center, a designated pediatric unit, and the area's only pediatric emergency department. The hospital also provides surgical services, inpatient rehabilitation, laboratory, diagnostic imaging and emergency services – including a 24 Hour Emergency Care Center in Fall Creek. The GI Center complete the services offered at Kingwood Medical Center: Quality Care, Close to Home. For more information, visit our website at www.kingwoodmedical.com

About HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division
HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas.  Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include:  18 hospitals, nine ambulatory care centers, 10 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150- mile radius.  For more information, visit www.HCAGulfCoast.com.


Cordell Nwokeji, M.D.