Added by Tania Sullivan on September 22, 2010
A new study published in the Archived of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery shows that a non-invasive surgery using radio frequency appeared to be helpful for people suffering from hay fever, after drugs proved to be inefficient. The study revealed that the radio frequency surgery lasted for as long as five years after undertaking the procedure. Lately, this type of surgery has become more and more popular among hay fever patients.
Researchers that participated in the study have followed patients who have undergone radiofrequency surgery performed by Dr. Hsin-Ching Lin from Taiwan. More than 85 per cent of patients that had this surgery responded well, whereas only for 14 per cent of them felt their symptoms weren’t alleviated and moved on to invasive surgeries. Out of these 85, over three quarters felt that at least one of their symptoms has improved six months after the surgery.
People suffering from hay fever are usually treated with nasal sprays and antihistamines, but these drug treatments don’t work for most people and the symptoms are still present when the treatment is finalized. Other options for people with hay fever who feel the need to reduce the mucosal membranes that have increased in size and are swollen are electro-cauterization or cold knife surgeries which often have side effects.