EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THYROID RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION (RFA) AND MICROWAVE ABLATION (MWA)
Welcome to the Salt Lake City RFA Clinic, where we offer the latest in minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of thyroid nodules. Our experienced team of physicians specializes in the use of thermal ablation techniques, including radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and microwave ablation (MWA).
Thermal ablation is a safe and effective alternative to traditional surgery for the treatment of thyroid nodules. With RFA and MWA, we use thermal energy to destroy the nodule, without the need for incisions or general anesthesia. This means less pain, less scarring, and a faster recovery time for our patients.
RFA and MWA have both been shown to be safe and effective in reducing the size of thyroid nodules and improving symptoms in patients. Our experienced physicians will work with you to determine which procedure is best suited to your individual needs and medical history.
Radiofrequency vs. Microwave Ablation of Thyroid Nodules
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and microwave ablation (MWA) are both minimally invasive procedures used to treat thyroid nodules. Both procedures use thermal energy to destroy the nodules.
RFA uses high-frequency radio waves to heat and destroy the thyroid tissue. The procedure involves inserting a thin needle into the nodule under local anesthesia and using ultrasound guidance to position the needle precisely. The radio waves generate heat, which destroys the nodule. The procedure typically takes about 30-60 minutes to perform.
MWA uses microwave energy to heat and destroy the thyroid tissue. A small antenna is inserted into the nodule under local anesthesia, and microwave energy is delivered through the antenna to heat and destroy the nodule. Like RFA, the procedure is performed under ultrasound guidance and takes about 30-60 minutes to perform.
At Salt Lake City RFA Clinic, we use the latest technology to perform these procedures. Our team of experts uses advanced ultrasound imaging to precisely target the nodule and ensure that surrounding tissue is not affected. The procedures typically take about 30-60 minutes to perform, and most patients can go home the same day.
We understand that undergoing any medical procedure can be stressful, which is why our team is dedicated to providing compassionate care and support throughout your treatment journey.
We will answer any questions you may have and provide detailed information about the procedure and what to expect.
If you're struggling with a thyroid nodule and are considering thermal ablation as a treatment option, contact us at Salt Lake City RFA Clinic today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physicians. We are here to help you get back to feeling your best.
Both RFA and MWA have been shown to be effective in reducing the size of thyroid nodules and improving symptoms in patients. Studies have found that both procedures are safe and have a low risk of complications.
However, there are some differences between the two procedures. MWA has been shown to be faster and more efficient at destroying larger nodules than RFA. Additionally, MWA may be better suited for nodules located in deeper parts of the thyroid gland or near vital structures, such as the recurrent laryngeal nerve.
Ultimately, the choice between RFA and MWA will depend on several factors, including the size and location of the nodule, the experience of the physician performing the procedure, and the patient's individual preferences and medical history. It's important to discuss the benefits and risks of each procedure with your doctor to determine which one is right for you.
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