Radio frequency volume reduction for the nose may help you breathe better. You may have this done if parts of your nose (called the turbinates) are too large. They can block your airways. Or you may need this procedure if the inside of your nose is often swollen. Pollution, smoking, allergies, and dust can cause swelling. This swelling can make it hard for you to breathe.
You can get this treatment in your doctor's office or a clinic. First, your doctor will numb the area. Then a needle is put into your nose. A small electric current goes through the needle. This opens up the blocked area. Your nose will heal over the next 3 to 6 weeks. As you heal, the flow of air should improve so you can breathe better.
Most people go home right after the procedure. You might be able to return to work or your normal routine the next day.
You may need more than one treatment.
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 call line 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.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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