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Patient Brochure

All you need to know about the STARmed Thyroid RFA procedure to prepare for your upcoming appointment.

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Patient Information Book

The most comprehensive booklet on STARmed Thyroid RFA to get you fully prepared for your upcoming procedure day.

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Doctor Guide Worksheet

A list of helpful questions for your STARmed Thyroid RFA consultation appointment.

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Procedure Overview Animation

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What to Expect on the Day of your Procedure

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Real Success Stories

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Expert Answers to Your FAQ

Dr. Kandil answers some most commonly asked questions about Thyroid RFA

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What are the Benefits of Thyroid RFA?

How Effective is Thyroid RFA

How does Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation Work?

How long is the recovery after the procedure?

What Are Some Common Complications With Thyroid RFA?

Is Thyroid RFA Painful?

Is Thyroid RFA Considered a Surgery?

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Thyroid RFA?

Will Thyroid RFA Leave a Scar

Thyroid Health Blogs

Diagnostic

Thyroid Ultrasound Trilogy – I. The Basics of Ultrasound

Back to blog Have questions about your thyroid ultrasound? We are here to answer! Inspired by some patients’ requests, we have prepared a series of Thyroid Ultrasound articles to help you better understand those terminologies on

Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions

Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is performed under local anesthesia. A special needle is passed into the thyroid nodule using ultrasound-guided imaging. This method ensures that treatment will be targeted directly on the nodule. Using a radiofrequency generator, the doctor allows a controlled amount of energy to flow through the electrode into the tissue.

The radiofrequency energy ablates the nodule, and the heat is sustained for a safe, predetermined length of time, usually just a few minutes. The nodule is degenerated with the sustained RFA thermal heat, allowing the degenerated tissue to flow through as bodily waste. The ablative changes to the nodule caused by the treatment can be seen in real-time on Ultrasound by the doctors performing the procedure.

Depending on the size of your affected tissue, RFA may be an ideal option for patients looking for a non-surgical alternative with little to no downtime. Your doctor can help you determine if RFA is the best option for you.

Because local anesthesia is administered before the procedure, very few patients experience any pain at all. Following your
treatment, you will be given ice packs and pain medication, if needed.

The treatment itself takes less than 40 minutes, depending on the size and location of the thyroid nodule.

Patients can go home after a 20-30 minute observation period. You will typically be sent home with an ice pack and pain medication, some medications if needed.

No. The treatment uses a thin needle that might leave a small marking for 1-2 days following the treatment, but it will not
leave visible scarring.

It will not disappear completely unless the nodule is almost entirely made of fluid. There will always be some residual
nodule, although the tissue within it may not be alive. The goal of the treatment is to reduce the nodule’s size and its
associated symptoms

With RFA, the rate of hypothyroidism following treatment is very low.1

Because RFA is a relatively new treatment option in the United States, the treatment may be an out-of-pocket expense for
some patients. However, call your insurance provider to discuss your coverage as more and more insurances are beginning to
cover this procedure.

Yes.. The equipments used in the STARmed Radiofrequency Ablation system – VIVA combo RF Generator and star RF
Electrode are FDA cleared in 2018

  1. Hadedeya, D., Attia, A.S., Shihabi, A.N. et al. Technique and Procedural Aspects of Radiofrequency Ablation of Thyroid Nodules. Curr
    Otorhinolaryngol Rep 9, 200–206 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40136-020-00321-7

Important Safety Information / Disclaimer
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Indication
The VIVA Combo RF Ablation System and star RF Electrode are intended for use in percutaneous and intraoperative coagulation and ablation of tissue.

Contraindications
There is a risk that error may result due to the radiofrequency current on patients who have pacemakers and other active implants. Do not use the radiofrequency lesion generator and electrode on these patients.
Complications:
The following types of complications may result due to the use of the radiofrequency lesion generator and electrode.
– Tumor recurrence
– Burn due to the over-heating of the the surgical equipment
– Dangerous situation due to the unskilled equipment control
– Cross-infection or complications due to the re-use of the inappropriate electrode
– Ascites/diarrhea
– Bleeding of the coagulated part
– Ventricular fibrillation
– Weakness of liver functions
– Symptoms after RFA treatment includes (abdominal) pain, fever, nausea, headache, right shoulder joint pain and chest discomfort might occur

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You are taking a big step by exploring your treatment options. You are not alone. Many other people were searching for the same answers too. Many of these individuals chose RFA.