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Nasal concha ablation

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The need for a procedure

Chronic nasal congestion can occur for a variety of reasons, one of which is enlargement or hypertrophy of nasal concha. Radio frequency ablation (RFTA) can treat enlarged nasal concha and thereby reduce the symptoms of nasal congestion. The procedure is performed during an outpatient visit. The procedure may be recommended to you by a nose, ear and throat specialist at Confido Private Medical Clinic or elsewhere.

Preparation for the procedure

Nasal concha ablation does not require much prior patient preparation. The procedure is performed during an outpatient visit at a pre-agreed time. You can eat and drink on the day of the procedure. After the procedure, you will be monitored in the clinic for 1-2 hours, if necessary.

Course of the procedure

The nasal mucosa is first anaesthetised with a topical anaesthetic and then the anaesthetic is injected under the nasal mucosa. The nasal concha are treated with a special RF electrode that heats the tissues. No tampons or other foreign objects are left in the nose after the procedure.

In the first weeks after the procedure, nasal congestion usually worsens due to the swelling of the tissues. There may be slight nasal bleeding, soreness and crusting of the mucous membranes. The nose can be rinsed with saline. Over-the-counter analgesics can be taken if needed. During the first two days after the procedure, you should avoid strenuous exercise, going to the sauna and other activities that may cause your body temperature to rise. Use nasal moisturising oil preparations for at least 2 weeks after the procedure.

As the swelling subsides, the symptoms of nasal congestion begin to improve and the ultimate benefit of the procedure is usually felt a few months after it is performed. If necessary, your ear, nose and throat physician will call you for a follow-up.

Possible complications

Serious complications of nasal concha ablation are rare. Immediately contact Confido Private Medical Clinic or another emergency medical service in the following cases:

  • Fever over 38 degrees
  • Nosebleed that does not stop within 10-15 minutes of using the basic techniques
  • Purulent discharge from the nose
Nasal concha ablation
280 €

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Confido Medical Centre
Veerenni 51, Tallinn

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