RFA Explained in 6 Easy Steps with Dr. Roberto Valcavi

RFA Explained in 6 Easy Steps with Dr. Roberto Valcavi

RFA Explained in 6 Easy Steps with Dr. Roberto Valcavi

RFA for benign nodules, for cystic nodules, for hyper functioning nodules, benign nodules, and now for malignant micro-papillary tumors.
During this episode the following topics are discussed: The 6 steps that go into the RFA

STEP 1: setup of the patient. The setup of the patient is in an operatory room — the safety of a operatory room is by far greater than the setting of an ambulatory room so

STEP 2: prepare for anesthesia.

STEP 3: electrode needle insertion; it is done at the point exactly at the point transistorically…

STEP 4: preparation in regard to the laryngeal nerve…. the laryngeal nerve is the most delicate point. The laryngeal nerve may be cooled.

STEP 5: extraction; simply take out the needle and at the same time it must. Use compression; avoids bleeding both internal and external

STEP 6: Final check.


About Dr. Roberto Valcavi

Roberto Valcavi MD, FACE, ECNU is specialist in Endocrinology and specialist in Internal Medicine. 20 years and 1800+ RFA procedures done; laser since 2000 and radiofrequency ablation starting in 2010.

At present, Dr. Roberto Valcavi is Director of the E.T.C. (Endocrine & Thyroid Clinic) in Reggio Emilia, Italy, dedicated to the diagnosis and therapy of endocrine neck (thyroid, parathyroid, lymph nodes) benign and malignant lesions. 

He is specialized in ultrasound- guided ablative therapy of thyroid nodules by radiofrequency ablation (RFA), minimally invasive surgery that is able to effectively treat more than 90 % of benign thyroid nodules and over 80 % of malignant thyroid nodules, saving the thyroid gland.

View Full Profile: Dr. Roberto Valcavi


About Philip James

In 2013, his laryngeal nerve was severed, shoulder nerve damaged, parathyroids ruined, and residual cancer left behind — all for a 1 cm thyroid nodule.
Later, a vocal cord implant was inserted to help him speak.

The word he uses to describe his work as patient advocate is, ‘tonglen’. Or, using his pain and hardship to help others.

Content on the RFAMD and Doctor Thyroid with Philip James websites and podcasts is for informational purposes only and not a substitute for professional medical advice. See our full Legal Disclaimer for details.

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