Radiofrequency involves applying a device on soft tissues that administers energy to them causing ionic agitation that heats the tissue producing clotting proteins and tissue necrosis. This causes tissue damage which results reabsorption, therefore produces decrease in size of that tissues.
The application of this energy is done by puncturing the affected structures prior infiltration of local or general anaesthesia, this method is simple and can be applied on an outpatient basis.
This technique is applied to treat various pathological conditions in the ENT area:
- Reduction of turbinates: turbinate hypertrophy is a common cause of nasal obstruction.
- Obstructive sleep apnea: This condition is caused frequently by hypertrophy of the tonsils or the base of the tongue. The reduction of these structures may improve this condition in a simple and effective way.