Dr Babak Larian πŸ₯ Philip James πŸ₯ 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.

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).

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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 β€” 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 β€” and left him wondering, what exactly happened β€” 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 β€” 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, β€˜tonglen’. Or, using his pain and hardship to help others.

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