How Does RFA Work?
The RFA procedure works by using an electrical current to heat and destroy nodule tissue. A thin needle is inserted into the thyroid tissue until it reaches the nodule, then it’s heated using radiofrequency currents. The heat kills the targeted nodule tissue, leaving the healthy thyroid tissue untouched.
What Should I Expect During the RFA Process?
When you come into Associated Endocrinologists for an RFA procedure, you can expect:
- To be awake and able to converse with your doctor during the procedure
- For the entire procedure to take between 15 minutes to 1 hour
- To wear shorts, as two grounding pads will be attached to your thighs
- To lay on your back with a small pillow under your knees
- To be given a small amount of local anesthetic
- Little to no pain or discomfort
- A 50% to 80% reduction in the size of your thyroid nodule over the next year
What are the Criteria for RFA Candidates?
To be considered for RFA, you must not have had or suspect that you have thyroid cancer. You also have to undergo FNA (fine needle aspiration) biopsies to be cleared for RFA treatment and be off any anticoagulant medications before the procedure.
Are There Benefits of RFA Over Thyroid Surgery?
RFA offers several perks over thyroid surgery, namely that it is non-invasive and doesn’t require a hospital stay with a long recovery time. RFA also leaves no scarring and does not require you to use hormone medications following the procedure.
Schedule Your RFA Consultation Today
To discover if RFA is a viable treatment option for your thyroid nodules, set up a telehealth consultation with Associated Endocrinologists today. We provide endocrinology services to West Bloomfield and the surrounding areas. Our highly-trained doctors can help you decide if RFA is right for you during your consultation and how the procedure can reduce your adverse symptoms.