Thermal Ablation of Thyroid Swellings(Nodules)

Thermal Ablation of Thyroid Swellings(Nodules)

Thermal Ablation of Thyroid Swellings(Nodules)

Thermal ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat to destroy thyroid nodules. The procedure is performed under sedation or general anesthesia. A small incision is made in the neck, and a needle is inserted into the nodule. The needle is then connected to a device that generates heat. The heat is used to destroy the cells in the nodule.

Thermal ablation is a safe and effective procedure for treating thyroid nodules. It is typically used to treat nodules that are smaller than 4 centimeters in diameter. The procedure is also used to treat nodules that are not cancerous.

Thermal ablation has a few advantages over surgery. The procedure is less invasive, and it has a shorter recovery time. Thermal ablation also has a lower risk of complications, such as scarring and infection.

The risks of thermal ablation are low, but they can include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Damage to the surrounding tissues

In most cases, the benefits of thermal ablation outweigh the risks. The procedure is a safe and effective way to treat thyroid nodules.

Here are the steps involved in thermal ablation:

  1. The patient is given sedation or general anesthesia.
  2. A small incision is made in the neck.
  3. A needle is inserted into the nodule.
  4. The needle is then connected to a device that generates heat.
  5. The heat is used to destroy the cells in the nodule.
  6. The needle is removed.
  7. The incision is closed.

The patient will usually be able to go home the same day after thermal ablation. The procedure is usually successful in destroying the nodule, but there is a small risk of recurrence.