Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and Thyroid Nodules → Dr. Babak Larian

Top 3 patient questions about RFA

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).

✅ ABOUT Philip James

He is the host of the popular podcast: Doctor Thyroid

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.

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.

The Doctor Thyroid podcast is available in Spanish and English – and listened to in over 30 countries: (Spanish)🔹 (English)🔹

✅Please email your requests to

✅ Instagram : @PhilipJamesMedia

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✅ Facebook : @docthyroid

✅ YouTube : @Doctor Thyroid

✅ Twitter : @docthyroid

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