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  • Writer's pictureDr. Richard Harding

Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

Save Your Thyroid!

The benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment (RFA) are the elimination of the symptoms by shrinking the large nodule while preserving thyroid function.

  • Eliminate Compression Symptoms

  • Shrink Thyroid Nodules

  • No Incision or Scarring

  • Preserve Thyroid Function

  • Nonsurgical Alternative to Thyroidectomy

  • Eliminate Toxic Thyroid Nodules

Over the years many people have inquired about simply removing just the symptomatic nodules and leaving the residual healthy thyroid tissue during a thyroid operation. Although the concept is relevant, the attempt to perform this type of operation would lead to complications such as bleeding during and after surgery. The healing process to this complex procedure would create more problems than it solves. For this reason the removal of the entire thyroid lobe is always advised.

However, with this new minimally invasive Radiofrequency technique,

  • the energy can be applied under precise ultrasound guidance.

  • The injury to the healthy tissue is minimized.

  • Post procedure scarring, discomfort, and bleeding is minimal.

  • The normal functioning thyroid lobe is preserved while the thyroid nodule shrinks in size over a short period of time.

  • The objectives are accomplished through a pinhole incision under local anesthesia

Advantages of RFA treatment

  • RFA is relatively painless RFA does not require general anesthesia.

  • RFA is a non-surgical alternative to thyroidectomy and radio-iodine ablation

  • The procedure itself takes less than an hour, the entire process may take 2-3 hours.

Compared with surgery, the primary advantages of radiofrequency ablation are:

  • Increased likelihood of preservation of thyroid function.

  • The potential of fewer complications.

  • Generally shorter recovery time with a quick return to normal activities

  • Radiofrequency ablation may also minimize the risk of permanent damage to the vocal cord nerve or to the parathyroid glands

  • Because it is minimally invasive and does not require general anesthesia, you avoid the external scarring of traditional thyroid surgery, and the associated risks of anesthesia.

  • The procedure is so gentle that most people have little to no discomfort. This is because the thyroid nodule itself is not sensitive to pain. Other than the initial injection of numbing medication, the only remaining sensation is generally pressure Intermittent sensations of discomfort thereafter can be treated with additional doses of pain medication or adjustment of the probe tip.

  • Often, difficulty swallowing, feelings of pressure or tightness of the throat, or even the bulky appearance of the nodule is usually significantly decreased or no longer detectable.

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