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Thyroid Ablation

If you have benign thyroid nodules, you want the least invasive solution possible in this exposed area. RFA (Radiofrequency Ablation) reduces symptoms with a quick recovery and low chance of side effects.

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About Thyroid Ablation

Asian woman with thyroid nodules
thyroid gland

Thyroid nodules can cause local symptoms due to their size including:

  • Compression on the airway
  • Compression on the esophagus
  • Bulging
  • Aesthetic concerns

Thyroid nodules can also be hyperfunctional and cause:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Bulging of the eyes

Thyroid nodules are diagnosed by physical exam and thyroid ultrasound examination. Additionally, thyroid hormone levels can help diagnose whether a nodule is hyperfunctional.

When a nodule reaches a certain size, your doctor may recommend fine needle aspiration (FNA) to exclude a cancerous nodule.


Thyroid radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is performed in an outpatient setting under IV sedation, using local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance. The procedure typically lasts 15 to 20 minutes.


You can have this procedure at any of our three interventional radiology locations.

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