Radio frequency thermal ablation may be used as a treatment for snoring, congested nose, or vasomotor rhinitis (nonallergic stuffy or runny nose).

Procedure

RFTA-treatment is performed under local anaesthesia.

In the procedure, a pair of needle-electrodes are used to conduct mild heat (70–90 ºC = 160–190 ºF) to the soft palate or sections of the mucous membranes of the nose for a few seconds, which leads to diminution of the tissues. The effects of the treatment are not immediate, but they appear gradually within 1–3 months. Often, 2–3 treatments are required for a satisfactory result.

The RFTA procedure has not been discovered to cause any significant disadvantages.

Recovery

You may leave the hospital after a short follow-up period. Soft, lukewarm foods and cool liquids are the best diet for the first days. Avoid physical effort during your sick leave

RFTA in the nose

After the treatment, your nose will be stuffy for a few weeks. To relieve the congestion, the mucous membranes of the nose should be kept moist with non-prescription moisturizing nasal sprays, such as Humidose.

RFTA in the throat

Usually, patients experience mild sensations of a lump and swelling in their throat for 1–3 days.

Mild pain occurs at the same time and can usually be sufficiently relieved by non-prescription painkillers.

Treatment of pain

Typically, non-prescription painkillers are sufficient (e.g. paracetamol or ibuprofen)  

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