Valley’s Thyroid and Parathyroid Center offers radiofrequency ablation as an alternative to traditional surgery for the treatment of thyroid nodules. Valley is one of the few institutions in New Jersey to offer this procedure in an outpatient, physician’s-office setting.
This procedure can be used to treat patients who have been diagnosed with a thyroid nodule, or who may suspect they have a thyroid nodule. The procedure is performed by Valley’s Director of Endocrine Surgery, Anna Kundel, MD.
How It Works
Radiofrequency ablation of thyroid nodules is performed under local anesthesia. Guided by ultrasound imaging, this treatment option uses targeted radio waves that are delivered to the nodules in order to shrink them. The goal of the procedure focuses exclusively on shrinking nodules without removing any part of the thyroid gland, increasing the likelihood of preserved thyroid functionality.
Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation for Thyroid Nodules
Radiofrequency ablation provides the convenience and comfort of an in-office procedure and avoids the need for general anesthesia. Additionally, radiofrequency ablation of thyroid nodules features shorter recovery times when compared to traditional surgery, allowing patients to return to normal activities sooner.