Nasal cautery

Nasal cautery is a procedure undertaken to seal a blood vessel in the nose that is causing recurrent nosebleeds.

A topical local anaesthetic is applied on cotton wool and placed in the nasal cavity for about 15 minutes.  After removing the cotton wool the vessel to be cauterised is identified.  A silver nitrate stick is applied around the vessel until it has sealed.

The procedure is not usually painful but may "sting" a little.

Antibiotic cream is prescribed after the procedure to be used for 5 days.  The patient is advised to avoid contact sports, hot baths and not to fly for the following 10 days.