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Thyroid Ablation 
 

 

What is Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation

Thyroid nodules, even when benign (non-cancerous), can grow visibly large and cause swallowing or breathing difficulties, persistent cough, and hoarseness. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a non-surgical treatment option that can reduce the size of thyroid nodules and restore thyroid function. RFA is a minimally-invasive technique performed by an endocrine surgeon guided by ultrasound imaging. The physician delivers targeted radio waves that disrupt the nodule’s cells, causing them to shrink as the body absorbs the ablated tissue.

What are the symptoms of Thyroid Ablation?

  • Neck tenderness and swelling.

  • Nausea and vomiting.

  • Swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands.

  • Dry mouth.

  • Taste changes.

Benefits of Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation

Clinical trials involving RFA for benign thyroid nodules have shown a reduction in size by 51-85% within the first six months. In most patients, nodule related symptoms were significantly improved or had disappeared. Similar results were seen for thyroid function, such as normalizing blood-hormone levels for patients that presented with a toxic hormone-producing thyroid nodule.

  • A minimally-invasive procedure

  • Preserves your healthy thyroid tissue and allows it to function normally without the need for a lifetime of medication

  • Performed under local anesthesia as an out-patient procedure (no downtime or hospitalization)

  • Shorter recovery time

  • No visible scarring

  • Reduced the volume of the nodule with a low complication rate

  • Improves quality of life

Risks of Thyroid  Ablation ? 

 

All medical treatments and procedures have risks which will be discussed in detail with you or your family member. Serious complications are rare with the RFA procedure because it is a minimally-invasive, out-patient procedure. Bleeding, hoarse voice (due to nerve bruising), skin burns, and infection are possible, but with safety and best practices protocols for RFA, side effects can be effectively mitigated, including localized swelling and redness. Though infection can be a delayed problem, it will be continuously monitored by the treating physician and clinical team.

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