Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation
When used to treat thyroid nodules, RFA is referred to as thyroid radiofrequency ablation. RFA for thyroid nodules works by generating heat through radio frequency waves that target and destroy the thyroid nodule tissue, reducing its size and minimizing or eliminating adverse symptoms such as trouble breathing or swallowing or unsightly enlargement.
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What Does RFA for Thyroid Nodules Entail?
When used to treat thyroid nodules, the RFA procedure begins with a thin needle inserted into your thyroid until it reaches the nodule or nodules. This is done through ultrasound guidance. Then, electricity is transferred into the needle using radiofrequency waves. The heat generated by radio waves ablates the nodule tissue, leaving healthy thyroid tissue unharmed. The needle is removed, and you see approximately 50% to 80% reduction in the size of your nodule over the next several months to a year.
Who is a Good Candidate for RFA?
Qualified candidates for this minimally invasive procedure are not on anticoagulant medications, are not pregnant or have a history of serious heart disease, and do not have a history of thyroid cancer. You must also pass FNA biopsies to ensure there is no suspected thyroid cancer to be considered a good candidate for RFA.
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To learn more about RFA for thyroid nodules, contact Associated Endocrinologists today to set up a consultation. We offer telehealth appointments for those in Detroit and the surrounding areas. During your consultation, we can discuss whether RFA is right for you and get you scheduled for the next step in the process.