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Nasal cauterization may be helpful if you have recurrent nose bleeds (Epistaxis) or prominent vessels in your nose that cause severe bleeding.

Nasal Cauterization Procedure

Dr.Pasha typically performs nasal cauterization in the office.

He begins by numbing your nose with a nasal spray and by placing cotton soaked with a local anesthetic agent. This usually takes 20 to 30 minutes. Once your nose is numb, he may supplement the local anesthesia with Lidocaine (similar to what dentists use).

Next, Dr. Pasha will place a microscopic endoscope in the nose to locate the site of your bleeding. Using either a silver nitrate stick (chemical cauterization) or suction cauterization (radio-frequency cautery), Dr. Pasha will essentially seal the prominent vessels.

Afterward, he’ll apply an ointment to prevent infection and keep the wound moist, so that it heals better.

The procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes and there is minimal post-procedure recovery.

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Schedule an appointment for nasal cauterization with Pasha Snoring & Sinus Center today to say goodbye to frequent nose bleeds.

FAQs About Nasal Cauterization

How Do I Prevent Rebleeding After Nasal Cauterization?
  • Do not pick or blow your nose (sniffling is alright).
  • Sneeze or cough with your mouth open.
  • Do not strain or lift heavy weights.
  • Avoid dryness by using saltwater (saline) sprays (e.g., Ocean nasal spray™ or Ayer™ sprays) five to 10 times a day. You can also use lubricating ointments (e.g., bactroban™ or vitamin ointments) two times a day — apply about the size of a pea on the end of your fingertip and then rub it up inside the nose.
  • If cleared by your physician, stop using aspirin or products containing ibuprofen (use acetaminophen or Tylenol™ instead).
  • Use a home or bedside humidifier.
Does Nasal Cauterization Work?

Of course! However, some patients may rebleed or require another cauterization attempt.

Does Nasal Cauterization Hurt?

Since we start by using topical anesthesia, pain is usually minimal.

How Long Does It Take to Heal After Nasal Cauterization?

The nose has a vast blood supply, allowing it to heal within two weeks.

What Are the Risks of Nasal Cauterization?

Generally, the procedure is exceedingly safe with minimal side effects or risks. The biggest concern is rebleeding, which may require recauterization or a different procedure altogether.

If the septum is damaged too much by cauterization, a septal hole or perforation can occur. This complication can be corrected or, if it doesn’t produce any symptoms, may be observed.

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