Nasal Valve Collapse

Ever Feel Like You Have a Clothespin on Your Nose?

More than 20 million Americans have obstructed nasal breathing that places real limitations on their quality of life. 1About 70% of the airflow to your lungs comes through your nose, 2so it’s no wonder a nasal obstruction would compromise your ability to breathe.3

Nasal airway obstructions cause symptoms like 4:

  • Nasal congestion or stuffiness
  • Feelings of nasal blockage or obstruction
  • Problems breathing through your nose
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Inability to inhale enough air through your nose during physical exertion

Why Would I Have a Nasal Obstruction?

Just inside your nose is an area called the nasal valve.  It’s comprised of three main structures of tissue, cartilage and bone.  One of these structures is the cartilage in the lateral (side) wall of your nose which normally resists the pressure of airflow as you breathe in.  If this cartilage is inadequate or weak, it will allow your nasal wall to cave in as you inhale, which significantly reduces the airflow into your nose.5,6,7 This condition is called Nasal Valve Collapse and is considered one of the main causes of nasal airway obstruction.8,9

Nasal Valve Collapse

What's the Treatment for Nasal Valve Collapse?

Traditional treatment for Nasal Valve Collapse has been dependent on two less than ideal approaches.   One of these treatments involves invasive nose surgery that requires cutting and reconstruction but can fail to solve the basic anatomical problem.  Another method uses grafts of cartilage to add support, but it can undesirably alter the appearance of the nose itself.

Nasal Obstruction Diagram

Now, treatment for Nasal Valve Collapse has taken a positive turn!

It’s a procedure that is safe, convenient and effective.  It’s called the LATERA® Absorbable Nasal Implant and was created to solve Nasal Valve Collapse and help you breathe better through your nose.  LATERA® is inserted in a brief office procedure and supports the nasal cartilage to help improve airflow through your nasal valve area.  As LATERA® is absorbed slowly over a 12-18 month period, your body replaces it with fibrous collagen that provides continued support to the nasal wall.4

Nine Out of Ten Patients Found Satisfaction with LATERA®10

Satisfied with their breathing after the procedure – less nasal stuffiness and blockage, fewer problems breathing through their nose

Satisfied with their appearance after the procedure - no long-term adverse cosmetic changes after receiving the LATERA implant

Satisfaction overall with the procedure – sleeping better, breathing better during activities and physical exertion

While individual results may vary, clinical research11 with LATERA® demonstrates significant improvement in Quality of Life for patients with Nasal Valve Collapse.

Supportive Absorbable Device

Don't spend your life huffing and puffing because of Nasal Valve Collapse.

LATERA® offers predictable outcomes and proven results for improving your ability to breathe through your nose.

Contact us to see if you are a candidate for LATERA®

References

  1. Value calculated based on 2014 US population estimate from US Census and World Bank data in conjunction with incidence numbers cited in Stewart et al. Epidemiology and burden of nasal congestion. Intl J Gen Med 2010; 2010:3 37-45.
  2. Crawford-Brown, Theoretical and Mathematical Foundations of Human Health Risk Analysis; 1997, Page 103.
  3. Rhee et al. Nasal Valve Surgery Improves Disease-Specific Quality of Life. Laryngoscope 115: March 2005.
  4. www.spiroxmed.com/latera/
  5. Wever, The Nasal Airway: A Critical Review; Facial Plast Surg 2016;32:17–21.
  6. Camacho et al, The Effect of Nasal Surgery on Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Device Use and Therapeutic Treatment Pressures: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis; SLEEP, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2015.
  7. Lin et al, Nasal Aerodynamics. May 14, 2015
  8. Constantian MB, Clardy RB. The Relative Importance of Septal and Nasal Valvular Surgery in Correcting Airway Obstruction in Primary and Secondary Rhinoplasty. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 1996 Jul; 98(1): 47.
  9. Ricci, et al. Role of Nasal Valve in the Surgically Corrected Nasal Respiratory Obstruction: Evaluation Through Rhinomanometry. American Journal of Rhinology. September-October 2001, Vol. 15, Nov. 5.
  10. Market research is ongoing. Data on file (TR-21076 Spirox NVC Experience). Individual patient results may vary and may include other procedures. Use of the LATERA device in conjunction with other procedures (such as septoplasty and/or turbinate reduction) has not been clinically evaluated. Patient satisfaction results may be attributed to LATERA with other procedures.
  11. San Nicolo, et. al. 2017. Absorbable Implant to Treat Nasal Valve Collapse. Facial Plast Surg, 32:233-240.

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