www.rfamd.com THYROID CENTER OF SANTA MONICA Dr.Richard Guttler 1328 16 th st. Santa Monica, CA 90404 USA (310) 393.8860 firstname.lastname@example.org Clinical and Interventional Thyroidologist Clinical Thyroidologist (1974 – present) ...More info
Too Many Thyroidectomies For Benign Thyroid Nodules
Implications of RFA for patients undergoing thyroid surgery form benign disease in the USA. Surgery 2021 Kim et al July 22 2021 The number of patients who had thyroid surgery in this study who were eligible for alternative RFA therapy was...More info
Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation for thyroid nodules cancer and parathyroid adenoma.
Dr.Guttler will be going on vacation from September 20-30 2021 and sabbatical for November 15 to December 15 2021. The 17 patients waiting for treatment in my office can save money by coming in before September 20th or during September 30th to...More info
Women get more micro-papillary cancers than men.
LeClair K, et al. JAMA Intern Med. 2021;doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.4804. DR.Guttler’s Comments: Women should be aware that many of these small thyroid cancers that come to attention in the absence of symptoms or evidence of...More info
RFA for Small Papillary Thyroid Cancer Instead of Surgery: RFA Bonus= No thyroid hormone for life!
Dr.Guttler’s comments: For carefully selected PTMC, RFA did not have inferior oncologic outcomes after 5 years of follow-up when compared with open surgery THYCA-QoL questionnaire, a specific scale for thyroid cancer patients, to evaluate...More info
Pseudo thyroid nodule: Unknown Long standing Zenker’s Diverticulum with Severe Weight loss sent for Thyroid biopsy.
70 pound F with 10 year history of severe weight loss with symptoms for vomiting undigested food and dysphagia has Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and a “thyroid nodule” on outside Ultrasound. Neck examination was negative for a thyroid...More info
Radiofrequency Ablation of Parathyroid Adenomas
Dr.Guttler’s Comments. Indian Study of 10 patients with the use of RFA for parathyroid adenoma instead of surgery. 9/10 no complications.1/10 had transient hoarseness for 3 weeks. Conclusion was radiofrequency ablation of parathyroid...More info
Why Don’t the Physicians Ever Recommend Thyroid RF to the Patient with Micro-Papillary Thyroid Cancer?
This is a letter from a patient told to have surgery asking me about thyroid RFA. The physicians caring for her never mentioned approved alternative therapy. They did not even mention active surveillance. “What is considered a low risk...More info
Bad Supplement for Thyroid Patients: Biotin
Dr.Guttler’s comments: Most over the counter supplements are worthless and put billions in the pockets of the companies. Biotin is not only worthless but it causes thyroid blood testing abnormalities. Hair loss is a serious problem but if...More info
After the Thyroid RFA: What Can Go Wrong With Office Based Endocrine Procedure?
Dr.Guttler’s comments: Not much can go wrong but here is a summary. Unlike the hospital, my patients are watched post RFA for 30-45 minutes while they are checked for any symptoms. They can return to work but no heavy lifting or exercise...More info
Radiofrequency ablation Parathyroid Adenoma
Alternative to surgery? Xinyang Li, et al Endocrine Practice Article July 23 2021. DR.Guttler’s comments: 25 patients who were treated with RFA for pHPT in this report. 21/25 had normal PTH at 6 months. Minor complications of neck pain and...More info
The Father of Thyroid Nodule Radiofrequency Ablation in the USA
In 2014 Richard Guttler began the training and use of thyroid RFA for thyroid nodules in Italy. He returned and began using 3 different RFA systems to begin to understand how RFA could help his thyroid patients with benign nodules avoid surgery...More info