The Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella has incorporated the HIFU ultrasound therapy for the treatment of thyroid nodulesthe most advanced technology that allows to treat benign nodules in the thyroid gland without the need for surgery.
Thus, as indicated by the Marbella hospital, they become the “the only health center in Andalusia and in the southern half of the country to have this innovative therapy specific for this type of nodule”.
“This new technology is based on ultrasound that we direct with millimeter precision to the exact point that we indicate, in this case the nodule. Through bursts we thermoablate the core of this tissue. In other words, we generate a temperature of between 80/85 degrees at the nodule’s point of view that allows us to burn the mass, preventing its growth”, explained the head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service, the Dr. Rida Nagib Raya.
The main quality of this therapy is that it is Completely harmless, so it does not leave a scar or produce any adverse side effects.. “Its most outstanding benefit lies in the fact that we treat the nodule without invasion. There is no scar or possible sequelae or complications. In conventional treatments (surgery and radiofrequency) there is a percentage risk of vocal cord paralysis, parathyroid or calcium alteration, poor healing, etcetera”, added the specialist.
HIFU ultrasound therapy developed by Theraclion company is especially indicated for patients with thyroid nodules (regardless of its size) in a constant growth phase that compresses other structures that can create some symptoms such as difficulty swallowing or difficulty breathing.
It is also an ideal therapy for patients whose state of health does not allow surgery. Thyroid nodules are growths on part of the gland that can gradually develop their volume.
The head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service explained that “thyroid nodules are similar to nodules located in the breast. Not all lead to cancer since there are benign and malignant types. The same thing happens in the thyroid gland. They have a very high prevalence since 50% of the population suffers from them and they must be monitored due to their risk of becoming malignant and their effects if they grow excessively”.
The thyroid gland is located in the anterior region of the neck. It is characterized by its particular butterfly shape and is involved in many functions, such as basal metabolism, the heart, the digestive system, the nervous system or mood.