How Does RhinAer® Work?

In this procedure, The patient is given IV sedation by the anesthesiologist in our office. Dr. Slaughter or the Physician Assistants uses a small nasal telescope to look into the patient’s nose. Local anesthesia is applied to the area in the nose where the overactive nerve is present. The special RhinAer® RF device uses radiofrequency energy to treat the nerve that is over active. This is done on both sides. This reduces the over active function of the nerve and reduces the runny nose and the congestion it causes.

This procedure takes about 3 minutes and is painless. This rapid cooling of the nerve diminishes it’s activity and has been proven in clinical studies to reduce the symptoms of chronic rhinitis especially congestion and runny nose. There is no pain during the procedure and patients are able to go home within 30 minutes of the procedure.

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Who is an ideal candidate for RhinAer?

Patients with vasomotor rhinitis can be treated with RhinAer to reduce their symptoms of runny nose, post nasal drip, and congestion. This condition is secondary to an overactive nerve in the nose and can occur in young people with sinus and allergy issues as well as a consequence of aging.

The RhinAer® procedure may be ideal for patients with:

  • Chronic rhinitis symptoms with runny nose, congestion, and post nasal drip not secondary to allergy, structural issues, or sinus infection.
  • Persistent nasal drainage despite allergy immunotherapy treatment.
  • Persistent rhinitis after treatment for chronic sinusitis.

Does The RhinAer® 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 long does the RhinAer procedure take and how many sessions will I need?

Patients can have this procedure in our office under IV sedation. It takes about 15 minutes. Typically only one treatment is needed although to get further reduction in symptoms it may be repeated after one year in some cases.

How to prepare for RhinAer?

RhinAer is an office procedure that does not involve incisions or the removal or modification of tissue in the sinuses or nasal passageways. During our consultation, we will discuss the procedure, how it works, and what to expect during and after the visit. Our patients are given a set of pre-medications and instructions before the procedure along with a postoperative instruction sheet.

Will I Still Need Nasal Medications Following The RhinAer® 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 Rhinaer® treatments.

Recovery & Aftercare for RhinAer procedure?

One of the benefits of the RhinAer procedure is that there is no downtime needed to recover. That said, there are a few things patients should know. Because RhinAer utilizes radio frequency energy to disable the overactive nerve that is causing chronic rhinitis, there is a risk of what feels like an “ice cream headache” for a few minutes after the procedure. We provide medication to use to manage the temporary discomfort, if it occurs.

Patients should also avoid blowing their nose for a few days, at least, after their visit. It is normal for minor bleeding and crusting to occur. This can be managed by gently wiping the nose while still avoiding blowing. With these subtle side effects of treatment, patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within 24 hours of their appointment.

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If you are interested in treatment for Chronic Vasomotor Rhinitis, contact our Austin office today! Call 512.601.0303 to schedule a consultation with ENT specialist Dr. Daniel Slaughter.

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