Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive nonsurgical alternative treatment for benign thyroid nodules. This procedure was developed over 15 years ago and has been performed extensively in other countries such as Italy, South Americas and Korea. In 2018, the procedure received FDA clearance in soft tissue.

How Does Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Work?

Doctor holding a model of a thyroid.

RFA utilizes radiofrequency waves to shrink nodules by cauterizing thyroid nodules and cysts while preserving thyroid function. This office-based procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Ultrasound guidance is used to insert a thermal probe into the thyroid nodule. Through selective heating of the probe tip, the nodule is destroyed, and the cauterized tissue is then broken down by the body.

RFA offers an aesthetic alternative with no surgical scarring, while avoiding risks and down time associated with surgery.

Dr. James Gonzales and Dr. Timothy Ragsdale are pleased to offer RFA treatment, which is minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment of benign thyroid nodules.

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