Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation is a Day Case Procedure using a small needle-like probe to destroy tissue by heating. A doctor uses an ultrasound machine to accurately guide the probe into the target lesion and safely perform the treatment.
The procedure can be broken down into the following three steps:
3) After the treatment an ice pack may be applied to the neck and you will need to stay in the hospital for at least 2 hours. Assuming all is well you will be reviewed by your consultant before going home.
You should notice your nodule shrink by up to 70-80% during the first 6 months post procedure, but it could take 18 months to achieve full volume reduction.
1) You will initially see an experienced ENT Surgeon and a Consultant Radiologist to assess whether you are suitable for the procedure. After a clinical consultation they will likely carry out an ultrasound scan of your neck and if necessary perform a needle sample of your thyroid nodule, to help determine if you are suitable for the procedure.
If you are suitable you may be scheduled for Ablation, but if not our ENT surgeon may discuss other alternative strategies.
Before treatment and 18 months after treatment.
2) On the day of your treatment you will arrive and be greeted by a nurse who will prepare you for the procedure. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and taken to one of the treatment rooms - as this is a day procedure you will not be taken into a standard operating theatre for this is a minimally invasive treatment.
You will be asked to extend your neck while a small amount of local anaesthetic is injected around the thyroid. Following this a very thin needlelike probe will be inserted into the target nodule and the procedure will begin. It commonly lasts for approximately 45-60 minutes.
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