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Radiofrequency Ablation of Thyroid Nodules

Radiofrequency Ablation of Thyroid Nodules services offered in Greenwood Village and Windsor, CO

Radiofrequency Ablation of Thyroid Nodules

About Radiofrequency Ablation of Thyroid Nodules

Radiofrequency Ablation of Thyroid Nodules Q&A

What is RFA for thyroid nodules?

This minimally invasive procedure treats thyroid nodules, which are lumps that form in your thyroid. These lumps may be solid or filled with fluid, and while many cause no symptoms, some can impact your appearance or ability to breathe. They can also cause hyperthyroidism.

It’s important to speak to your provider about thyroid nodules so they can ascertain whether there is a danger to your health. If removal is necessary, RFA is better able to target the growth while protecting your thyroid than other types of treatment.

What are the benefits of treating my thyroid nodules with RFA?

Because RFA protects your thyroid from damage, you’re less likely to develop primary hypothyroidism, which results from low thyroid hormone. You also recover more quickly and avoid scarring.

The team of skilled providers at RIA Endovascular uses cutting-edge technology and imaging guidance to minimize your risk.

What type of thyroid nodules does RFA treat?

RIA Endovascular uses RFA to address:

  • Over-functioning thyroid nodules
  • Benign solid or mostly solid thyroid nodules
  • Thyroid nodules causing pressure or cosmetic issues

If you have another type of thyroid nodule, are pregnant, or have a cardiac pacemaker, your provider may recommend alternatives to meet your needs better.

What can I expect during and after RFA for thyroid nodules?

RFA can be performed with local anesthesia, making for an easier recovery. Once you’re comfortable, your RIA Endovascular provider uses ultrasound to position a probe and target the thyroid nodule. In total, expect your procedure to take 30-60 minutes.

With your provider’s OK, you return home on the same day, with only a small bandage as evidence of the treatment. Some discomfort and bruising are normal, but the procedure doesn’t leave a scar.

Follow your provider’s post-treatment care instructions. About a month after your procedure, you should notice the nodule shrinking until it’s significantly smaller. In most cases, one RFA treatment is sufficient.

To learn more about whether RFA can be the solution you need for thyroid nodules, reach out to the nearest RIA Endovascular office or book an appointment online today.