Focused Ultrasound Therapy
Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, noninvasive, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with arthritis. This novel technology focuses beams of ultrasound energy precisely and accurately on targets in the body without damaging surrounding normal tissue. Where the beams converge, the ultrasound produces precise ablation (thermal destruction of tissue) enabling arthritis to be treated without surgery.
Hand arthritis is a common condition, and for many the treatment options are ineffective, and the result is a decreasing use of the hand. Joint replacements are less common than in knee or hip surgery, and the hand is made up of many joints. The result is that many folks deal with ongoing pain from hand joints, which may be coupled with decreased use of the hand as well. The ability to use focused ultrasound to reduce pain from the hand joints may be very helpful for some patients.
The primary options for treatment of hand arthritis include medication and possibly invasive surgery.
For certain patients, focused ultrasound could provide a noninvasive alternative to surgery with less risk of complications and lower cost.
- Focused ultrasound is noninvasive, so it does not carry added concerns like surgical wound healing or infection.
- Focused ultrasound can reach the desired target without damaging surrounding tissue.
- It can be repeated, if necessary.
A clinical trial has been organized, but it is not yet recruiting patients. Read more about the preparations for this trial.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
Focused ultrasound treatment for hand arthritis is not yet approved by regulatory bodies or covered by medical insurance companies.
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