Radiofrequency Ablation of Thyroid Nodules
Thyroid nodules are very common. The nodules can increase in size and can result in the patient developing an enlarged non-cancerous nodule. Symptoms often include trouble swallowing, pressure in the neck, difficulty breathing, and a bulging mass in the neck that is visible.
Traditionally, in the United States, these nodules were managed surgery. Approximately 80% of thyroid surgeries performed in the U.S. are because of an enlarged non-cancerous nodule.
Even though thyroid surgery is considered to be a safe procedure, the complications may include: risks of anesthesia, down-time from surgery, scaring, and more.
New: Radiofrequency Ablation
Recently, Dr. Parikh has begun offering a new technology for the management of these benign thyroid nodules. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of a thyroid nodule is a procedure that can use a safe technique that has been used in healthcare for decades to shrink unwanted tissue.
With thousands of patient experiences in Korea, Brazil, and Europe, these nodules have been shown to shrink up to 80% saving a patient from surgery.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and the pain and discomfort are no worse than a regular thyroid needle biopsy.
Generally, proceedures can take up to 20 minutes, and patients can go home the same day and resume regular activity the next day.
Dr. Parikh is only one of a few surgeons trained in the country to provide this technology. If you’re interested in learning more about this procedure, please request an appointment online, or call (770) 427-0368