The benefits are the elimination of the symptoms by shrinking the large nodule while preserving thyroid function.
Over the years many people have inquired about simply removing just the symptomatic nodules and leaving the residual healthy thyroid tissue during a thyroid operation. Although the concept is relevant, the attempt to perform this type of operation would lead to complications such as bleeding during and after surgery. The healing process to this complex procedure would create more problems than it solves. For this reason the removal of the entire thyroid lobe is always advised.
However, with this new minimally invasive Radiofrequency technique, the energy can be applied under precise ultrasound guidance. The injury to the healthy tissue is minimized. Post procedure scarring, discomfort, and bleeding is minimal. The normal functioning thyroid lobe is preserved while the thyroid nodule shrinks in size over a short period of time. The objectives are accomplished through a pinhole incision under local anesthesia.