Radiofrequency application to nasal turbinates (choncae)
It is a procedure applied to nasal turbinates to breath better. It is a procedure that controlled heat is produced with radiofrequencies, and it can be used with special applicators to the choncae in many surgical procedures. This technique does not harm the mucosa so accepted to be the best procedure for turbinates for the time being.
Vasomotor rhinitis is the most common problem besides allergic turbinate swelling that radiofrequency is used for treatment.
Scar is formed inside the turbinates so it prevents the turbinates swell more than normal after the application.
Time duration is very short like 15 minutes. It can be mostly done under local anesthesia and patients return to work immediately. It is effective in 85-90% of patients.
These informations are prepared to help you to have a successful and comfortable operation. Whatever these informations are, if you have any question please do not hesitate to ask to your doctor.
Preparation for the operation
You do not have to have an empty stomach in local applications. Be aware that you did not use aspirin or aspirin like drugs at least one week before application. Mostly noting will be put in your nose after the procedure.
Pain: You may feel a little pain and pressure around nose after the procedure. Necessary analgesics will be prescribed.
First weeks after the procedure
Nasal turbinates will be swollen a few weeks after the operation. You may feel as having a cold. You can sneeze gently after two weeks.
Bleeding: We dot expect bleeding. If happens put decongestant nasal spreys inside your nose and if bleeding continues inform your doctor.
Physical activitiy: After 72 hours you can do activities you want to.
First month after the procedure
Your nasal breathing will not be best till one month. Some days more open some days closed. Mostly every day it becomes better.
Do not forget, healing is a process not an event.