Dr Simon Morley was the first doctor in the UK to perform thyroid radiofrequency ablation and has the largest UK experience of delivering this treatment. He is an experienced head and neck radiologist based at University College London Hospitals NHS Trust where he leads the thyroid RFA service. Dr Morley has performed over 35000 neck ultrasounds and thousands of neck and thyroid ultrasound guided biopsies. He is therefore very experienced at placing and localising needles in the neck with ultrasound which is they key skill neeeded for delivering this treatment. He has performed over 50 thyroid radiofrequency ablations in the thyroid without complication and is the most experienced thyroid RFA operator in the UK.
Dr Morley has trained other consultants in how to perform thyroid RFA and has lectured at international conferences on the technique:
Barts thyroid symposium 2017
British society of head and neck imaging 2017
CIRSE Denmark 2017 with RF Medical
European society of head and neck radiology 2018
Dr Morley delivers thyroid radiofrequuency ablation at 9 Harley Street, London. If you would like to be considered for thyroid radiofrequency ablation please contact us to arrange a consultation appointment.
1. Dr Morley will see you and perform an ultrasound of your neck. He will assess your suitability for the treatment and advise you of the likely volume reduction you can expect from the treatment. He will outline the risks of the procedure so that you can make an informed choice as to whether you wish to proceed. The cost of this initial consultation and scan is £329. Please note the RFA treatment is not performed at this initial consultation.
2. All patients who wish to have thyroid RFA will need to have at least one (possibly more if your nodule is classified U3 on ultrasound) fine needle aspiration (for cytology) before RFA can be performed. There is an additional cost associated with having a ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration.
3. If a patent would like to proceed with the treatment it is arranged for a mutually convenient date.
4. The cost of the radiofrequency ablation for self paying patients is £2650.
Dr Morley is recognised by all the major medical insurance companies (BUPA, BUPA International, AXA PPP, (Aviva), WPA, Standard Life, Pruhealth Cigna, Saga, etc.) Patients are strongly advised to contact their Insurance Company prior to their appointment to confirm their cover and to obtain a preauthorisation number which will ease the reimbursement process.
The procedure code for thyroid RFA is B1280.
"The team there was fantastic, and the procedure was not the terrifying experience as I was expecting. I was scared up to the point where the first ablation happened and then I instantly relaxed because it wasn’t painful. There was very little pain in my case. I think they inject the minimum necessary amount of local aesthetic because at some point it became painful so I told them and they immediately injected more so the pain went away. I could feel at times the probe moving in my nodule, some jaw pressure and the popping of the tissue under the probe’s heat I suppose, but even if it sounds weird I actually liked that sensation (like bubble wrap being popped next to your skin)."
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