VivAer / RhinAer

The VivAer procedure uses temperature-controlled radiofrequency (RF) technology for the treatment of nasal obstruction. By treating the narrowest parts of your nasal airway, the VivAer procedure opens up the nasal passage to allow more air in. The VivAer procedure is intended to help patients suffering from nasal obstruction, often caused by an anatomical blockage in the nose and hindering airflow. 

The RhinAer procedure also uses temperature-controlled radiofrequency (RF) technology for the treatment of chronic rhinitis. For many patients, chronic rhinitis symptoms may be caused by abnormal nerve signals in the nose. The RhinAer procedure disrupts these signals to improve your symptoms and your overall quality of life. The RhinAer procedure is intended to help patients suffering from chronic rhinitis, characterized by a persistently runny nose, post nasal drip, and congestion. 

Both VivAer and RhinAer are specific examples of procedures that ablate intra-nasal lesions. 

Informed Consent: The benefits and risks of intranasal lesion ablation were discussed, including but not limited to: temporary pain or discomfort of the nose, temporary sensation of inability to swallow, remote possibility of fainting episode, bleeding, infection, nasal crusting, nasal dryness, septal perforation, or failure to resolve or improve the symptoms, recurrence of symptoms or the lesion and possible need for further medical or surgical therapy, among others. 

I/we have been given an opportunity to ask questions about my condition, alternative forms of treatment, risks of non-treatment, the procedures to be used, and the risks and hazards involved. I/we understand that no guarantees have been made regarding a specific outcome. 

Postoperative Symptoms may include:

  • Crusting and congestion up to 4 weeks.
  • Tenderness of treatment site for a few days.

Postoperative Instructions:

  • Gentle blowing of the nose. 
  • Avoid picking at any scabs in the nose. 
  • Do not pinch treatment area for 1 week. 
  • Apply Neosporin, Bacitracin, or triple antibiotic ointment inside the nose, using your fingertip, until the postoperative appointment, which is scheduled 4-6 weeks after the procedure. (Avoid Q-tip use as they can cause injury.) 
  • Medicated rinses, if recommended, should be performed before applying the ointment.