What is ClariFix cryotherapy and is clariFix in Singapore?
It is a clinically-proven, minimally invasive cryotherapy (localized freezing) that uses a cooling probe to freeze a small, inflamed area in the back of the nose. It is used to help treat people who suffer from chronic rhinitis who either are unable to tolerate nasal sprays, or find nasal sprays troublesome to use. Both patients with allergic and non-allergic rhinitis are suitable for this procedure. We are one of the first ENT specialists in Singapore to have experience with ClariFix Singapore.
What is chronic rhinitis?
Chronic rhinitis is defined as inflammation of the nasal mucosa causing excessive mucus secretion. Chronic rhinitis symptoms include a runny nose, congestion, nasal itching and sneezing. Rhinitis can be either allergic, non-allergic or mixed rhinitis (both allergic and non-allergic). Nasal nerves regulate functions of the nose such as nasal secretions. It is thought that interrupting these nerves, especially the posterior nasal nerve (PNN) results in the reduction of nasal symptoms such as runny nose and nasal congestion.
Why choose Nasal cryotherapy with clariFix in Singapore?
Typical nasal allergy symptoms for many patients are no longer relieved with the typical treatments and nasal medications such as sprays, drops, and pills. Those who struggle with chronic congestion and/or a chronic runny nose that can’t be treated with the standard medications have what is called chronic rhinitis. Until recently, there was very little they could do to find relief from nasal symptoms bothering them. This treatment can finally give people (including pregnant women looking for pregnancy rhinitis relief) freedom from chronic rhinitis.
This procedure specifically targets the posterior nasal nerve (PNN), which signals and notifies the nose and nasal tissue whether it should start secreting mucus or become congested. As a result, the use of the ClariFix cryotherapy procedure can also help post-nasal drip patients who are notoriously difficult to treat.
What is the ClariFix Procedure Like and what are the benefits?
Despite the fact that this treatment for rhinitis can bring about a drastic improvement in the life of a patient, it is a brief, straightforward procedure that consists of three main steps.
- The cryoablation device (also known as the cryotherapy device or the cooling probe) is placed into the patient’s nose.
- Then, with the help of an endoscope, the doctor places the device next to the posterior nasal nerve in the nose (PNN).
- Finally, the PNN is cooled with nitrogen gas in the device, reducing the patient’s nasal congestion or runny nose as soon as seven days after the procedure.
What Are The Benefits?
- The procedure is minimally-invasive and typically painless: This procedure does not involve the cutting of tissue or bone, and patients report feeling little to no pain.
- The treatment has long-lasting effects: Patient reviews are very positive, reporting long-lasting improvements and a significant reduction (or elimination) of symptoms of chronic rhinitis.
- The procedure can be performed in the clinic: You will receive long-lasting relief from chronic rhinitis in a familiar setting without the risks of general anaesthesia.
- Procedure time is approximately 3-5 minutes: Imagine all the time you’ll save not dealing with your chronic rhinitis once you’ve had this very, very quick procedure!
- Recovery time is effortless: Most patients are up and out of their doctor’s office 30 minutes after their procedure and can return to work and regular activities within 24 hours.
- Side effects, if they occur, are manageable and brief: Some patients have reported a slight headache after a procedure, which they have likened to the “brain freeze” headaches they receive after eating ice cream too quickly. As with any nasal surgery, some sensitivity, bleeding, and congestion is to be expected as healing progresses.
Does clariFix work? What kind of results can i expect?
In clinical studies to gain USA Food & Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the device, 4 out of 5 patients reported long-lasting relief of their chronic rhinitis. It usually takes between two and six weeks post-treatment to see these improvements. After this period, your need for nasal sprays and other medications are expected to decrease. Of course, this can vary from patient to patient. The results of the procedure may or may not be permanent, but you should expect the symptom relief from the procedure to last at least 1-2 years, according to the current data available.
What are some clariFix side effects, and is ClariFix safe?
Some patients have reported a slight headache after a procedure, which they have likened to the “brain freeze” headaches they receive after eating ice cream too quickly. As with any nasal surgery, some sensitivity, bleeding, and congestion is to be expected as healing progresses. Some patients have also reported dry eyes after the procedure, which gradually improve over time. The device is USA FDA-approved for the indication of treatment of chronic rhinitis.