For those who suffer from constant post-nasal drip, runny nose, and congestion, Dr. Pasha offers a new minimally-invasive, in-office FDA-approved technique called cryotherapy or cryosurgery of the nasal passage. Dr. Pasha was one of the first to utilize this technique in Houston.
Chronic rhinitis is a condition in which your nose is persistently inflamed resulting in congestion and a constant runny nose. After a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Pasha may suggest approaching your nasal problems with an alternative solution to using nasal sprays, anti-histamines, and steroids. This technique addresses one of the root causes of nasal inflammation – stimulation from the posterior nasal nerve (PNN). The PNN is a nerve that stimulates the nose to congest and secrete mucus. This nerve is especially active if you have allergies or vasomotor rhinitis (high sensitivity from non-allergy related sources such as eating various foods, stress, weather changes, exercise, and changes in posture).
Cryotherapy is a safe technique in which a probe freezes the PNN and has been shown to provide relief for up to one year later. Dr. Pasha begins by placing cotton soaked in a numbing medication in your nose for 20-30 minutes. A small probe with a small balloon (cryoprobe) is then inserted into the nose near the PNN. Once placed, a cold gas (nitrous oxide) is used to inflate the small balloon for 30 seconds then removed. The same technique is then repeated on the opposite side. The cold causes the nerve to be less functional, reducing nasal mucus production. Many people begin to see improvement after one week.
There have been very few side effects reported from cryotherapy. Possible side effects or complications include headaches, discomfort, increased sensitivity, bleeding, dry sinuses, and ear blockage. These symptoms have been reported as mild and often resolve completely.