Radio Frequency Applications
Radio frequency applications have been used for over 20 years in Otorhinolaryngology.
What is Radio frequency application?
High-frequency radio waves are submitted to the tissues as energy by the help of suitable electrodes in order to let aimed physiological changes in tissue appear and this is called Radio frequency application.
In which situations if radio frequency frequently used?
Radio frequency applications (performed under local anaesthesia) are highly effective in cases especially where inferior turbinates (inferior concha) swell and cause nasal congestion. In addition to nasal congestion, radio frequency applications performed on soft palate and tongue base in patients snoring and with sleep apnea can sometimes be sufficient solitarily and also in some situations it can be supplementary to a surgical intervention.
When do I see the effect of radio frequency soonest after the application?
Complaints will not disappear because there will be a slight swelling on the area the application has been put for a few days after the application. Permanent and clear results will be realized 3-4 weeks later.
Is the effect of radio frequency permanent?
Radio frequency results in loss and reduction of tissue due to the heat on the area applied. During recovery period, a harder and more permanent tissue, which is called fibrous tissue, is formed. Therefore, the effect of radio frequency becomes permanent. However, as inferior turbinates may reinflate in time in patients with allergic problems, the application may need to be repeated though this is a rare situation.
Is radio frequency application painful?
There will be no pain because inner part of nose or soft palate or tongue base is anaesthetized before the application. You will not feel any pain even after the effect of anaesthesia ends.