Thyroid Cyst Treatment 101: How Simple Can it Be to Save You From Surgery?

Thyroid Cyst Treatment 101: How Simple Can it Be to Save You From Surgery?

Thyroid Cyst Treatment 101: How Simple Can it Be to Save You From Surgery?

Thyroid Cyst Treatment 101: How Simple Can it Be to Save You From Surgery?

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  1. Your physician tells you your nodule is cystic on the ultrasound.
  2. Ask him is the fluid >50% of the nodule?
  3. If yes you are on the way to having easy outpatient ethanol ablation PEI instead of hospital based thyroid surgery.
  4. If the cyst is causing symptoms or is an eye sore you have an additional cosmetic indication.
  5. Your physician,endocrinologist and surgeon will push surgery and will tell you PEI is dangerous and painful.
  6. This is not true as PEI is not painful or dangerous.
  7. Safer than surgery which has a 2-10 % complication rate.
  8. Before going further you need a biopsy if there are solid components, however it it is all cyst you do not need a biopsy.
  9. Find a specialist that does PEI.
  10. Because of low pay for PEI with most insurance plans you need to consider paying out of pocket for PEI.
  11. In my practice the fee for evaluation and treatment is around $2000.
  12. No preparation is needed ahead of the procedure.
  13. The whole PEI procedure takes 15-20 minutes.
  14. A single needle is inserted under ultrasound guidance into the center of the cyst as shown above US image.
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  16. The fluid removed, and the ethanol is injected. The Ultrasound sound waves are shown as the ethanol is injected.
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  18. The capsule of the cyst keeps the ethanol restricted to the cyst only and it does not go into the thyroid outside the cyst.
  19. Local pressure on the neck for 15 minutes.
  20. Small circular band aid put over the hole and the patient is on the way back to their home or work.
  21. PEI complications if any are mild and temporary. Mild pain can be present for minutes to a few hours after.
  22. In conclusion, it is your best interest to explore PEI treatment even if you have to pay.
  23. It is the method of choice for cysts and should replace costly and hospitalization and avoid the possible 2-10% possible complication rate not to mention the associated neck scar, and possible thyroid hormone replacement needed in 30% after surgery.
  24. Call for details at 310-393-8860 or thyroid.manager@protonmail.com.
  25. An overnight stay in Santa Monica can save you from surgery.

 

 

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