How Does Clarifix® Work?
In this procedure, the Clarifix® balloon is placed inside the nose under endoscopic guidance in our office under IV sedation. This IV sedation provides the ultimate in patient comfort during the procedure. Dr. Slaughter then places the balloon on the nerve that causes the chronic rhinitis and it is rapidly cooled using nitrogen gas.
This procedure takes about 3 minutes and is painless. This rapid cooling of the nerve diminishes its activity and has been proven in clinical studies to reduce the symptoms of chronic rhinitis especially the congestion and runny nose. There is no pain during the procedure and patients are able to go home within 30 minutes of the procedure.
Does The Clarifix® Procedure Hurt?
It’s normal to have an “ice cream” headache for about 30 minutes or so after the procedure but most patients do not require any pain medication. Patients can work the next day.
How Many Clarifix® Treatments Will I Need?
Most patients will continue to improve for a year and do not need another treatment. If needed, repeat treatments can be performed safely.
Will I Still Need Nasal Medications Following The Clarifix® Procedure?
To help with temporary congestion, patients are instructed to use saline irrigation for three weeks after the procedure. The symptoms of chronic rhinitis may not be completely resolved after the procedure and some patients may still require additional medical therapy or repeat Clarifix® treatments.
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