By Philip James, RFAMD Podcast
QUITO, Ecuador — In a groundbreaking shift in thyroid disease treatment, Dr. Cristhian Garcia C , an Ecuadorian thyroid specialist, is pioneering the use of radiofrequency ablation, challenging the traditional reliance on surgery. In an exclusive interview on the RFAMD Podcast, Dr. García detailed his journey towards this less invasive treatment approach, which is gaining traction in Latin America and beyond.
A High Incidence and a New Approach
Ecuador, with one of the highest incidences of thyroid diseases in the Americas, has become the unlikely epicenter for this medical innovation. Dr. García, initially focusing on head and neck surgery, was compelled to explore alternative treatments due to the prevalence and complexity of thyroid conditions in his country.
The Turning Point
The pivotal moment in Dr. García’s career came when he encountered an 18-year-old patient with a benign thyroid nodule. Recognizing the need for less invasive options, he delved into the potential of radiofrequency ablation. “It was about preserving the gland, avoiding complications, and treating efficiently,” Dr. García explained.
Over 300 Successful Ablations
Since his foray into this technique around 2018, Dr. García has performed over 300 thyroid ablations, treating a range of conditions from microcarcinoma to recurrent thyroid cancer metastases. His work showcases the effectiveness of this method, particularly for benign nodules causing symptoms.
Criteria and Careful Selection
Patient selection is key. Dr. García emphasizes that radiofrequency ablation is particularly suited for patients with small, localized malignant tumors or symptomatic benign nodules. “The aim is to treat more than 80% of the tumor volume to prevent recurrence,” he noted.
Initially met with skepticism, Dr. García’s approach faced resistance from the traditional medical community. Over time, however, as the results spoke for themselves, the technique gained wider acceptance. Many of his peers have now embraced this method, witnessing its efficacy and patient benefits firsthand.
A Commitment to Social Responsibility
Beyond his medical achievements, Dr. García’s commitment to social responsibility stands out. His clinic offers affordable treatments to underprivileged patients, reflecting his belief in accessible healthcare. “My profession is about service,” he stated, emphasizing his readiness to assist those in need.
Balancing Life and Medicine
The interview also revealed Dr. García’s personal side. He discussed his daily routine, family life, and hobbies, painting a picture of a doctor deeply committed to his work yet mindful of the importance of personal well-being and family.
Educating and Spreading the Word
Dr. García is not just a practitioner but also an educator. He uses social media, conferences, and platforms like the RFAMD Podcast to inform patients and medical professionals about the benefits of radiofrequency ablation.
Looking to the Future
Looking ahead, Dr. García sees radiofrequency ablation as a growing trend. He predicts it will become a primary treatment choice globally, particularly for benign thyroid nodules.
His pioneering work and holistic approach position him as a trailblazer in thyroid treatment. As this technique continues to gain traction, it promises a new era in medical treatment options, with Ecuador at its forefront.
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About Philip James
As the host of the popular RFAMD and Doctor Thyroid podcasts, Philip James remains committed to sharing inspiring stories, valuable insights, and groundbreaking discoveries in the world of healthcare, making a positive impact on the lives of countless listeners.
Philip’s thought-provoking interviews have covered a wide range of healthcare topics, from cutting-edge technologies and surgical advancements to patient experiences and the impact of medical research on society.
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