What is radiofrequency?
Radiofrequency method, which has been in use by cardiologists, plastic surgeons, neurosurgeons and oncologists previously, has been being applied by ear, nose and throat specialist since 1998, as well. In radiofrequency method, radio waves are applied to submucosal area of the region of application with certain frequencies by special electrodes, thus a local and controlled temperature increase induced in that area. This temperature increase cause denaturation of the proteins inside the tissue. In approximately 2 to 3 weeks time, total tissue mass shrinks. The heat, which is induced by radiofrequency energy, also decreases the numer of submucosal secretory cells. This way, in patients with allergic rhinitis, the unwanted excessive nasal secretion is supressed. On account of being a controlled method, the most remarkable advantage of radiofrequency method is that it is solely effective underneath the tissues without any damage to the surface.
Where to conduct radiofrequency
1. Lower Concha Tissue
2. Soft Palate
4. Root of the Tongue
In which diseases radiofrequency is helpful?
1. Treatment in concha hypertrophy that is known as swollen adenoids among public, which impedes air flow through nasal cavity.
2. Snoring Treatment
3. Sleep Apnea Treatment
4. Chronic Tonsillitis Treatment
5. Bad Breath Treatment
Do I need hospital stay?
No. Radiofrequency procedure is a non-disturbing method and administered quite easily. It can easily be done in clinical setting. It does not require hospital stay. Most of the time patients don’t need general anesthesia.
How is radiofrequency conducted?
Following local anesthesia, radiofrequency waves are applied underneath the tissue by the help of special electrodes. The procedure takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
What should I pay attention to after that procedure?
Once it is done, you can go back to your normal routine. There are no restrictions about eating, drinking or daily routine. You can return to work immediately. Usually, antibiotics or painkillers are not needed.
When should I visit my doctor again?
Afher 4th or 5th day of radiotheraphy application, patient is called for a follow-up visit. In order to provide the comfort of the patient, the physician cleans off the sticky excretion accumulated in the nasal cavity. Your doctor will inform you about the follow-up visits. When will my complaints fully disappear? If radiofrequency was applied to inner lateral walls of the nose (a.k.a. inferior concha), nasal congestion may occur starting the second day. This is a result of the swelling, also called edema, in the application area. It is an expected outcome. For the next 2 to 3 weeks time the congestion would decline gradually and after the 3rd week you will realize what really breathing means. In nasal obstruction cases, generally one or two radiofrequency sessions do the job. Radiofrequency method does not initiate any significant pain on the tonsils or soft palate. Since the tissue volume there is much more than intranasal tissue, 3 to 4 sessions of radiofrequency application might be needed.