You deserve peace of mind & options…
You are curious about Thyroid RFA treatment options?
There are better options for thyroid than invasive surgery or having to take lifelong medications to treat your thyroid disease.
We have built this site specifically for you so that you can get educated on everything Thyroid RFA-related.
Why are people so eager to choose Thyroid RFA over surgery?
Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation can save your thyroid and change your life. People are choosing this more minimally invasive alternative because there is less scarring, shorter recovery time, and reduced complications.
What are thyroid nodules?
A thyroid nodule is an abnormal growth of cells that occurs within the normal tissue. This abnormal growth forms a small lump in the thyroid gland. Nodules can be filled with fluid and/or blood or they can be solid. Sometimes, the nodules grow large enough to cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing and/or breathing.
The good news: there are options.
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Understanding Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation, an Explainer Video
Watch this amazing explainer video that will educate you on the patient journey for anyone interested in learning more about thyroid radiofrequency ablation treatment.
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What is Thyroid RFA?
Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation, or Thyroid RFA, is a minimally invasive medical procedure that treats thyroid nodules. A non-surgical option that can reduce the size of the tumor, nodules, or other growths within the thyroid. The Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation procedure itself involves inserting a needle-like probe into the body. Then, radiofrequency waves are sent out from the probe to the nodule and surrounding tissue, using thermal heat to burn the nearby cells causing them to die. Once these cells expire, your body removes them creating an internal reaction that 99% of the time shrinks that nodule and restores its proper function.
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Benefits of Thyroid RFA
Minimally Invasive Procedure
Reduced Volume & Complications
Preserves Your Thyroid & Functionality
Providing a Better Quality of Life
We are continuously building our network of Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation Specialists throughout the U.S. Each month we will be showcasing two new doctors. These doctors have dedicated their lives to researching and performing Thyroid RFA treatments on their patients.
Dr. Cristina Boccalandro, MD, MPH – Houston, Texas
Dr. Cristina Boccalandro completed her specialty training in Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, completing her Masters in Public Health shortly after. Originally from Venezuela, Dr. Boccalandro completed her first MD degree at Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. She had the opportunity to provide medical services to those in need in the Amazon jungle.
Today, Dr. Boccalandro provides services at Houston Methodist Hospital. You can learn more about her practice by clicking here.
Dr. Keith Forwith, Ph.D., M.D.
Dr. Keith Forwith specializes in thyroid and parathyroid surgery, treating patients with a wide variety of conditions including thyroid cancer, goiter, Grave’s disease, thyroid nodules and parathyroid tumors. His focus on thyroid disease is rooted from personal experience as both he and his wife have thyroid nodules. He performs his own ultrasounds and FNA biopsies to ensure precision and accuracy. Always on the leading edge of the field, he offers minimally invasive surgery and in-office surgical alternatives.
You. can learn more about Dr. Keith Forwith and his practice here.
Featured Doctor Video Testimonials
A few months ago my PCP observed a lump in my throat during his exam, and sent me for tests. Dr. Bridget Brady was the one who had to give me the dreaded diagnosis of cancer. My wife, who attended the visit with me, burst into tears and immediately Dr. Brady stopped everything and hugged my wife and her words were so loving and supportive. To this day I am almost speechless about all of the superlative care that I have received from Dr. Brady and Dr. Sabra. What started out as a life-shaking event became a very manageable condition. All I can say is that I have benefited greatly from a very high level of professional excellence and genuine concern and compassion in my care, and that has made all of the difference. My surgery went flawlessly and every step of the way I was made apprised of what was happening and what to expect. I wholeheartedly and gratefully recommend Austin Thyroid Surgeons!
Patient of Dr. Bridget M. Brady of Austin, Texas
10 stars! I had my RFA yesterday with Dr. Hands and I feel great! I can finally swallow in peace and without an uncomfortable nodule in the way. The RFA procedure was easy, no pain at all, a little discomfort about a 3/10 and for me very little Downtime. Dr. Hands is a blessing! I am so happy to have found her and to have this done. My nodule was benign and about 4.2 cm, and was filled with some fluid which she drained before hand. I can already see a difference in my neck and that’s probably due to draining the fluid. I will see Dr. Hands in 1 month for a follow up and then 3 months and 6 months. I am SO HAPPY I FINALLY HAD THIS PROCEDURE! And I recommend Dr. Hands fully.
Christina Funke Tegbe
A Patient of Dr. Kathleen Hands of San Antonio, Texas
I had a great experience with the Thyroid RFA procedure. Before the Thyroid RFA procedure, I was having issues swallowing and experiencing a frequent cough. However, after undergoing the Thyroid RFA procedure, my nodule shrunk and my symptoms have completely resolved. I felt very comfortable during the procedure. To me, pursuing the option of RFA made a lot more sense than conventional surgery, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. I felt like I was in good hands with Dr. Harding- he is phenomenal!
Patient of Dr. Harding of Pheonix, Arizona
I had scarless thyroid surgery with Dr. Tufano in December of 2021 and while when he was telling me about the approach I though he was absolutely crazy I am so glad I went with this approach. People are always looking for my scar when they hear I had thyroid surgery and are mind blown when I tell them about the scarless approach. Also my healing time was incredible I think on day 8 I had my normal voice back and no issues with eating. Dr. Tufano and his entire team are absolutely amazing I wouldn’t recommend anyone else. Thank you for all you and your office staff do!
A Patient of Dr. Ralph P. Tufano of Sarasota, Florida
Our Valued Thyroid RFA Advocate
Jennifer Holkem, better known as ‘It’s Me Again Jen’.
Jen has devoted her life to educating and helping others that have thyroid issues by telling her own thyroid nodule story. You will see her story and her interviews throughout our pages. You can read more about Jen in her own blog and watch her interviews on her YouTube channel
If you are looking for helpful information about Thyroid Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) and Percutaneous Ethanol Ablation (PEI) for the treatment of benign thyroid nodules, you have come to the right place. Because these procedures are not widely known about and patient testimonials are extremely rare, I have made it my mission to change that and spread the word. RFA has made a tremendous difference in my life (radically improved my symptoms and I got to keep my thyroid!). But getting to the point of actually having the procedure wasn’t easy. There was no set “path” to treatment and I had to find my own way.
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The thyroid gland is small but it has a big job to do for your body. While it’s primarily responsible for controlling your metabolism, it ultimately affects nearly every part of your body. Just like a car battery, we do not usually think about it, until it stops working properly.
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