Offering Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation, a minimally invasive treatment used to reduce the size of symptomatic benign thyroid nodules.
Thyroid nodules are lumps in the thyroid gland, which are usually benign. If large enough, benign nodules can cause symptoms of pressure in the neck and difficulty in swallowing due to their size. They may also produce a visible or palpable swelling in the neck. Radiofrequency ablation reduces the size of benign thyroid nodules. The technique uses a special needle which is guided into the thyroid nodules under ultrasound guidance. An electric current is passed through the needle tip, heating the thyroid tissue immediately around it.
This heating damages the nodular tissue and over time reduces its size. The procedure is carried out with the patient awake and the area is anaesthetised with local anaesthetic so all the patient feels is pushing in the neck. The procedure takes 20-40 minutes depending on the size of the nodule. The maximum reduction in the size of the nodule is achieved at 6 months.
Carried out by Dr Simon Morley (specialist Consultant Head and Neck Radiologist) at 9 Harley Street.