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Radio Frequency Volume Reduction for the Nose: What to Expect at Home

Your Recovery

You had radio frequency volume reduction for the nose. To do this procedure, the doctor put a needle in your nose. A small electric current goes through the needle.

Many people have no pain right after the procedure, but you may have a sore and stuffy nose for about 1 week. When there is pain, it is usually minor and requires no pain medicine. You can take medicine if the pain is very bad. Ask your doctor which medicine is best for you.

Over the next 3 to 6 weeks, your nose will heal and you should begin to have better airflow. It may take up to 8 weeks for the nose to heal.

Most people can go back to work or their normal routine the next day.

This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.

How can you care for yourself at home?


  • Rest when you feel tired. Getting enough sleep will help you recover. Sleep with your head propped up by 3 or 4 pillows.
  • Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine the next day.


  • You can eat your normal diet.


  • Take pain medicines exactly as directed.
    • If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed.
    • If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine.
  • If you think your pain medicine is making you sick to your stomach:
    • Take your medicine after meals (unless your doctor has told you not to).
    • Ask your doctor for a different pain medicine.
  • If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

When should you call for help?

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You passed out (lost consciousness).
  • You have trouble breathing.
  • You have sudden chest pain and shortness of breath, or you cough up blood.

Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have symptoms of infection, such as:
    • Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness.
    • Red streaks leading from the area.
    • Pus draining from the area.
    • A fever.
  • You have new or worse trouble swallowing.
  • You are bleeding.

Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:

  • You are not getting better as expected.

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