Lumps or bumps in the thyroid gland (thyroid nodules) are very common, especially as we get older. Most thyroid nodules are noncancerous. But larger nodules may cause symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, a sensation of pressure or discomfort, or even subtle voice changes that can impact quality of life.
Many people want a treatment option for thyroid nodules that doesn’t involve medications, surgery, or downtime. At Stanford Health Care, we offer radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a minimally invasive therapy that uses radio waves to shrink thyroid nodules.
With radiofrequency ablation, you can go home the same day and return to your daily activities within 24-48 hours. As the thyroid nodules shrink, your symptoms gradually improve.