What are Thyroid Nodules?

The thyroid gland, though small, plays a crucial role in regulating metabolism and affecting nearly every part of the body. Thyroid nodules, while commonly benign, can impact the gland's function, leading to various symptoms. These may include discomfort, swallowing problems, overproduction of thyroid hormone, or cosmetic concerns.

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What is Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation?

Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation is a groundbreaking treatment for thyroid nodules available at Surgical Associates. This procedure offers a non-surgical method to effectively shrink thyroid nodules, often without affecting thyroid function, and allows for a much faster recovery than traditional treatments.

How does Thyroid Radiofrequency (RFA) Ablation Work?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat generated from alternating currents to remove or destroy dysfunctional tissue. Performed under local anesthesia, RFA is relatively painless and does not require the risks associated with general anesthesia. Using guided ultrasound, a probe is inserted into the thyroid nodule, selectively heating and cauterizing the tissue. The body then naturally breaks down and sheds the cauterized tissue in the months following the procedure.

What are the Benefits of Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation?

RFA offers several benefits over the older treatment options for thyroid nodules, including:

Preservation of Thyroid Function

RFA has a higher likelihood of maintaining normal thyroid function.

Fewer Complications

The potential for complications is generally lower compared to surgical options.

Quick Recovery

Patients typically experience a shorter recovery time and can return to normal activities quickly.

No External Scarring

The procedure does not result in visible scars.

Efficient Treatment

RFA procedures can range from 15 minutes to one hour, making them relatively quick.

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What can Radiofrequency Ablation do for me?

Thyroid RFA has been shown to be highly effective for benign thyroid nodules. Studies indicate that nodules can shrink by 60-90% after one year, with an average reduction of approximately 80%.

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Why Choose Surgical Associates for Thyroid RFA?

Surgical Associates is focused on surgical excellence and patient-centered care. Our practice has been serving the community for over 40 years, staying at the leading edge in the latest advancements in specialized healthcare and medical innovations. At Surgical Associates, you're not just choosing a medical provider; you're selecting a partner in your health journey dedicated to offering world-class care. Our team of fellowship-trained surgeons are recognized as Surgeons of Excellence in Thyroid Surgery. This distinction, awarded by the Surgical Review Corporation, is a testament to our surgeons' skill, dedication, and the exceptional care we provide.

Each surgeon at Surgical Associates brings a wealth of experience and a compassionate approach to patient care, ensuring personalized treatment. We understand that undergoing surgery can be a significant life event, which is why we prioritize a warm and supportive environment, making complex medical information accessible and understandable. Our patients are treated like family, a philosophy that extends from our welcoming receptionists to our expert surgeons. This approach has garnered us an impressive patient satisfaction score, reflecting the trust and confidence our patients place in us.

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State-of-the-Art Treatments for Thyroid Nodules in Wausau

Innovation is at the heart of what we do. We are continuously updating our techniques and technology to offer the best outcomes for our patients. From minimally invasive procedures to state-of-the-art imaging, our commitment to utilizing the latest advancements ensures you receive the most effective and comfortable treatment possible. Additionally, our AAAHC accreditation highlights our adherence to the highest standards in healthcare, providing you with peace of mind that you're in capable and caring hands.

In choosing Surgical Associates for thyroid radiofrequency ablation in Wausau, you're opting for a practice that combines medical expertise with a deep commitment to patient care and community values. We invite you to experience the difference in care, technology, and patient experience that sets us apart as the premier surgical practice in the region.

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