RFA and Thyroid Nodules Dr Babak Larian

Dr Babak Larian & Philip James: Radiofrequency Ablation for Thyroid

During this video, the following topics are discussed:

  • Finding treatments that are not over-aggressive and less-invasive.
  • 70% of women and 50% of men have thyroid nodules
  • Less than 10% of nodules are cancerous
  • Is radiofrequency ablation (RFA) an effective treatment?
  • Is radiofrequency ablation (RFA) painful?
  • How long does radiofrequency ablation (RFA) take to show results or shrinkage of the nodule?
  • Ultrasound can categorize a nodule by low risk, intermediate, or high risk.
  • Thyroidectomy comes with risks, including: vocal cord paralysis, bleeding, parathyroid damage, and nerve damage.
  • Patients must educate themselves before seeing a doctor.
Dr Babak Larian

About Dr. Larian

Babak Larian is a highly experienced, board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialist and Head & Neck surgeon. Dr. Larian is the current Clinical Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles (January 2012 – present). He graduated with academic and humanitarian distinction, from UC Irvine School of Medicine. In 2002 after completing a 6-year residency program in Ear, Nose, & Throat (otolaryngology) and Head & Neck Surgery at UCLA, he began his professional career. He then went on to become a founding member and later the Medical Director of the Cedars-Sinai Head & Neck Center of Excellence (November 2009 – October 2011).


Philip James

About Philip James

He is the host of the popular podcast: Doctor Thyroid www.docthyroid.com
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.

All the above, the result of a bad thyroid surgery that dampened his quality of life — and left him wondering, what exactly happened — during what should be a low-risk surgery?

His attempts to follow up with UCLA and the UCLA surgeon were ignored. He then turned to other doctors for answers — this was the beginning of the podcast: “”Doctor Thyroid with Philip James”” 100+ episodes later, the Doctor Thyroid podcast is popular amongst patients; allowing them to access information from top doctors, without being limited by geography or economics.

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