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.
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 Many RhinAer® 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 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.