Constant nasal congestion can occur for various reasons, one of which is an increase in nasal cavities, or hypertrophy. With the help of the radio frequency technique (RFTA), it is possible to reduce the increased volume of the nasal cavity and thereby alleviate the symptoms of nasal congestion. The procedure is usually performed during an outpatient appointment under local anesthesia.
Preparing for the procedure
The nasal cavity procedure does not require special prior preparation on the part of the patient. The procedure is performed during an outpatient appointment at a previously agreed-upon time. You can eat and drink on the day of the procedure.
The course of the procedure
The mucous membranes of the nose are first anesthetized with a topical anesthetic, and then the anesthetic is also injected under the nasal mucosa. The nasal cavity is treated using a special RF electrode.
In the first weeks after the procedure, as a rule, nasal congestion worsens, this is due to tissue swelling. There may be slight nosebleeds, soreness, and crusts on the mucous membranes. Nose care is important – the nose should be rinsed with a saline solution and nasal oil or ointment should be used. If necessary, over-the-counter pain relievers can be used for pain. During the first 3 days after the procedure, you must avoid heavy physical exertion, going to the sauna, and other activities that can cause an increase in body temperature.
As the swelling subsides, the symptoms of nasal congestion begin to ease, and the final effect of the procedure can be felt about 4 weeks after its completion. If necessary, the nose, ear, and throat doctor will call you for a follow-up examination.
Serious complications are rare with the procedure. You must immediately contact the Confido Medical Center or any other health care facility providing emergency care in the following cases, if:
• The fever rises above 38 degrees.
• There is a nosebleed that does not stop using home remedies within 10-15 minutes.
• There is a purulent discharge from the nose.