I found Dr. Roberto Valcavi after years of suffering thyroid problems. I had seen more than half a dozen doctors, including well-regarded endocrinologists, who were unable/unwilling to help me. My symptoms included significant fatigue, as well as a grossly enlarged thyroid on one side. I was unable to lead a normal life. Every doctor simply said to remove my thyroid. Fortunately, I did not listen to them: I knew that my thyroid problems were a secondary presentation of an underlying cause no one seemed interested in or curious about; if my thyroid was removed, who knew what potentially worse symptom would then occur? Far too many doctors have a separatist view of the body, in which each organ, each part of the body is considered as distinct and independent. The thyroid is integral to the function and regulation of the body; we still don’t know all that this incredible organ does. Surgical removal ought to be the very last resort, not the most common practice.
I cold-emailed a doctor associated with the highly regarded Mayo Clinic, who had been named in a scientific paper on thyroid ablation. He kindly wrote me back, explaining that thyroid ablation was not available in the United States; he suggested I contact Dr. Roberto Valcavi. Shortly afterwards, I traveled to Reggio nell’Emilia to meet Dr. Valcavi and have him examine me in person.
Dr. Valcavi is the top doctor in his field, in the world. He has approximately 40 years of experience in the field, with at least 20 years of ablation. He insists on performing his own ultrasounds, as a report by an ultrasound technician could never give him the information he needs. Dr. Valcavi’s vast experience allows him to gain tremendous insight from the ultrasound examination. He is thorough in his approach, and conservative in his methods. Fine needle aspirations are often called for, to determine a more exact nature of tumour. Dr. Valcavi’s first priority is the well-being of his patients.
Radiofrequency ablation of the thyroid involves ablating tissue that adjoins the carotid artery, esophagus and laryngeal nerves. As a singer, losing my voice or having its qualities diminished was an unacceptable outcome, not to mention the life-ending possibilities of interfering with the carotid artery… Dr. Valcavi is rock steady. His unflappable professionalism and delicate handiwork allow for a level of treatment that simply cannot be matched by other practitioners.
Dr. Valcavi is passionate about his work. Unlike most Physicians who become comfortable with what they learn in Medical school, and simply repeat those same methods and treatments for their entire careers, Dr. Valcavi continually pushes for innovation. He is a rare mix of a medical innovator, always seeking to better treat his patients, and a grounded realist whose first priority is the patient. His integrity is unquestionable; Dr. Valcavi would never do an unnecessary procedure, or recommend something he was not certain was in his patient’s best interest.
As my thyroid was grossly enlarged, I traveled to Reggio nell’Emilia twice for radiofrequency ablation. I am happy to report that I have returned to performing. My neck is cosmetically perfect; there is no visible bulge. My energy level has rebounded, and I now am able to work normally. My thyroid is healthy and functioning well.
Dr. Valcavi gave me my life back. Any thyroid procedure has risks; there are no better hands in which to place yourself than those of Dr. Roberto Valcavi. I recommend Dr. Valcavi for his vast knowledge and experience, his technical expertise, his willingness to question, his boundless curiosity and dedication, his value of the primacy of the patient, and his foundational integrity.
Genia Michaela, USA