Thyroid RF Mini-Probe: How it Will Decrease The Surgeries for Benign Thyroid Nodules and Even Some Thyroid Cancers in the USA.
The field of interventional thyroidology will expand beyond the first line treatment of thyroid cysts with ethanol (PEI). There is a new system coming to the USA that will revolutionize the way we now treat many thyroid nodules with hospital and surgery.
What is a Thyroid RF Mini-Probe?
It is a small probe with shorter length and thinner bore. This mini probe is ideal for the tight quarters of the neck.The Thyroid RF Mini-Probe has been used and proven effective in multiple trials in Europe and Asia. It is coming to the USA soon. It is standard of care in Korea and Europe now. Many of patients are making the trip to avoid surgery in the US. A pre-RFA evaluation allows a 1-2 day visit to Europe or Korea for Ablation of their nodule with the Thyroid RF Mini-Probe system developed by the Koreans.
In the hand of the operator is the Thyroid RF Mini-Probe.
The neck is a very confined space with many vital structures close to the thyroid nodule. This system developed in Korea by Star Med is ideal for interventional thyroidologists to use in the USA.
Mark A. Lupo MD in an Endocrine Practice editorial in 2015 stated “RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION FOR BENIGN THYROID NODULES – A LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE OF INTERVENTIONAL THYROIDOLOGY.”
Roberto Valcavi, MD, FACE; Addressed HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE issues using the Thyroid RF Mini-Probe during a study. He concluded ” Our 2-year follow-up study confirms that RFA of benign TNs is effective in reducing nodular volume and compressive and cosmetic symptoms, without causing thyroid dysfunction or life-threatening complications. Our data indicate that the achievement of these secondary endpoints is associated with quality of life improvement.
Finally the combined Italian and Korean societies have confirmed that the Thyroid RF Mini-Probe treatment of benign thyroid nodules with symptomatic or cosmetic issues was considered to be the first line treatment method over surgery.
Comment: Until we have the Thyroid RF Mini-Probe system I will continue to send my patients to have the treatment in Europe or Korea.
Richard B. Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU