Check out our patient animation video that takes you through every step of the thyroid rfa journey. Topics covered include:
– Thyroid Function
– What is a thyroid nodule
– What is thyroid radiofrequency ablation
– Risks of thryoid rfa
– After the procedure… and Much more
Dr. Richard Guttler, Medical Director of the Thyroid Center of Santa Monica in California, explains step by step using how an ultrasound guided radio frequency ablation (RFA) of a benign thyroid nodule is performed safely as an outpatient procedure in his private medical clinic
RF Medical Co Ltd manufactures advanced Radiofrequency Ablation Systems (RFA). RF Medical’s RF Ablation system are the only multi-purpose rf ablation generators in the world, having separate algorithms for soft tissue ablation in different tissue types such as liver ablation, kidney ablation, lung ablation, thyroid ablation, bone ablation, Myoma Ablation and many more. All radiofrequecy ablation generators have a user-friendly touch screen user interface and may be easily customized and upgraded according to the user’s needs.
Clinical trials measured the rate of reduction, therapeutic success, changes in symptoms and cosmetic improvement of benign thyroid nodules.
For “cold” benign nodules (those that do not produce excess thyroid hormone), clinical trials have shown a mean reduction rate of 32.7 to 58.2% at one month, and 50.7 to 84.8% at six months. In most patients, nodule related symptoms and cosmetic problems also significantly improved or disappeared. In a long term follow-up study, radiofrequency ablation was effective over a four year period with the nodules consistently decreasing to 93.5%.
For “hot” benign thyroid nodules (those that do produce excess thyroid hormone) clinical trials have shown volume reduction rates of 52.6 to 70.7% at six months, and improved or normalized thyroid function in most patients. In a multi-center study, hyperthyroidism caused by “hot” nodules improved in all patients and was completely normalized in 81.8% of patients. This led to the conclusion that radiofrequency ablation can be considered an alternative to thyroid surgery or radioactive iodine therapy.