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The Wonders of Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)!

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been around for a long time. Since 1931, it has been utilized to treat a chronic facial pain condition by a German surgeon, Martin Kirschner. Almost thirty years later, Cosman and Aronow brought the first commercial RFA machine onto the market, revolutionizing treatment for patients from hemorrhoids to heart arrhythmias. Today, thanks to the radiofrequency ablation (RFA) technology, patients with benign thyroid nodules can also benefit from this minimally invasive procedure. Patients with benign thyroid nodules can enjoy a symptom-free thyroid without the worries of surgical removal (thyroidectomy) of their thyroid gland and lifelong medication.

Radiofrequency ablation uses the thermal energy generated from a high-frequency alternating electrical current that oscillates between frequencies of 200 and 1200 kilohertz (kHz). The RF electrical waves then pass through a tiny electrode that increases the tissue temperature via friction.

During the Thyroid RFA procedure, the doctor inserts the thin electrode directly into the nodule under ultrasound guidance. The nodule is then ablated with a carefully controlled amount of energy flowing into the tissue. The heat ablates the nodule immediately adjacent to the electrode. The heat on the electrode’s outer rim is conducted slowly to surrounding tissue as it dissipates in intensity, with no damage to normal tissue around the nodule.

With sustained thermal energy, the result is immediate coagulation of the blood vessels supplying the nodule and irreversible nodular degeneration. The body’s immune system then cleans up the degenerated tissue, transporting it out of the body as waste.

Thyroid RFA is the minimally invasive treatment that many people have been longing for — preserving healthy thyroid tissue while target-treating only the benign nodules, saving thyroid function while avoiding the risks and long recovery times of surgery.

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The VIVA Combo RF Ablation System and star RF Electrode are intended for use in percutaneous and intraoperative coagulation and ablation of tissue.

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.
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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