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 for one day.
A simple Band aid is all they need.
Minor pain they are given oral analgesics.
Although major complications can occur they have never happened to any of my patients.
Compression of the trachea with breathing problems also has never occurred but that requires hospital admission.
Severe stenosis of the airway may need ENT evaluation intubation or stent. Again never happened to my patients.
I do not do RFA on patients with severe narrowing of the trachea due to the large goiter nodules.
Although voice changes can occur during the procedure I have never had to use iced dextrose to treat it during the procedure. Longer use of an infusion of iced dextrose can be used post procedure to decrease the period of voice change.
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