Nasal airway obstruction is a condition where the nasal passages are blocked and prevent anormal amount of air from passing through the nose. Obstruction can occur frecause of structural abnormalities or because of inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages. With nasal breathing delivering 70% of airflow to the lungs, any blockage that limits airflow can cause significant quality-of-life consequences.
What causes nasal airway obstruction?
- septal deviation (crooked cartilage and bone in the middle of the nasal cavity)
- turbinate hypertrophy (protrusions of bone and inflamed tissue can limit airflow)
- nasal valve collapse (weak of excessively flexible sides of nasal wall collapse on breathing inwards)
Is nasal valve collapse contributing to my nasal airway obstruction?
- If your symptoms improve using a simple breathing test called Cottle Maneuver or by using nasal strips, you may benefit from the Latera Implant
The LATERA absorbable nasal implant supports the side walls of the nose reducing nasal airways obstruction symptoms and helping you breathe easier. It is a procedure that can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, or in a facility under general anesthesia
What can I expect with the LATERA implant?
- Reduced nasal congestion or stuffiness
- Less trouble breathing through the nose
- Improved ability to get enough air through the nose during exercise or exertion
- Reduced nasal blockage or obstruction
Studies show that Patients experienced a reduction in nasal obstruction symptoms of 57.7% at two years. Patients achieved these results without negative cosmetic effects
Risks included temporary symptoms such as:
- Mild bruising and inflammation
- Awareness of the implant
- Mild pain or irritation
Other risks related to the LATERA implant included: discomfort, infection, reaction to material, and device retrieval.