ProvidersJohn R. Blumer, MD Kenneth W. Compton, MD Isaac Dingle, MD Leighanne H. Dorton, MD F. Brian Gibson, MD, FACS S. Brett Heavner, MD Hunter A. Hoover, MD Christopher T. Jones, MD, FACS Timothy J. Kelly, MD, FACS Darrell A. Klotz, MD, FACS F.P. Johns Langford, MD, FACS Roy S. Lewis, MD Jonathan R. Moss, MD Sajeev K. Puri, MD Michael W. Sicard, MD Nicholas G. Stowell, MD Ross A. Udoff, MD Mark T. Weigel, MD
CEENTA ENT doctors offer the LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant for patients who suffer from nasal airway obstruction caused by outer nasal wall collapse.
What is nasal airway obstruction?
Nasal breathing delivers approximately 70 percent of air to the lungs. More than 20 million Americans are believed to suffer from nasal airway obstruction, which limits airflow through the nose. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing while exercising or resting, trouble sleeping, and reduced daytime productivity.
What causes nasal airway obstruction?
Nasal airway obstruction is a narrowing or blocking of the nasal passages. Blockages in three areas are common:
- The lateral/side wall: the upper or lower cartilage in the side of the nose can flex or collapse inward when you breathe
- Septum: the cartilage wall between the nostrils can bend and block the nasal passage
- Turbinates: small structures in your nose that clean and humidify air as it passes through your nostrils. Enlarged turbinates can cause breathing difficulty
What does the LATERA implant treat, and how does it work?
The implant is designed to treat a collapse of the lateral/side wall. It is placed inside the nose and supports the nasal wall, allowing air to pass through the nose easier.
What is the procedure like?
The doctor will make a small, puncture-like incision and will slide the implant in using a needle-based delivery system. The whole procedure takes a few minutes. LATERA is much less invasive and traumatic than prior treatments.
Before LATERA, nasal valve collapse correction involved harvesting donor cartilage from another location, like the ear or nose, and surgically implanting it in the lateral wall of the nose.
The implant can be performed by itself under local anesthesia, or the procedure can be done simultaneously with nasal turbinate reduction. Alternatively, it can be performed under general anesthesia along with septal surgery.
When the LATERA procedure is done with no other treatments, there is minimal swelling and discomfort. Patients should be able to immediately return to their normal routine.
CEENTA physicians offer the LATERA procedure in its North and South Carolina locations.