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LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant for Nasal Obstruction

Our ENT Specialists at Texas ENT Center are dedicated to providing expert and compassionate care using state of the art medical resources. We now offer the latest intuitive technology called LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant which is used to support upper and lower lateral cartilage in the nose. The technology is delivered inside the nasal wall by one of our ENT Specialists at Texas ENT Center. If you find yourself suffering with difficulty breathing at rest, with exercise, or trouble sleeping you could be a candidate for LATERA nasal implant. Please contact us for a consultation with one of our ENT Specialists at Texas ENT Center of Fort Worth, Texas.

What is Nasal Airway Obstruction?

Nasal breathing delivers approximately 70% of airflow to the lungs. More than 20 million Americans are estimated to suffer from nasal airway obstruction (NAO), which limits airflow through the nose with significant quality of life consequences.

Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty breathing at rest and/or while exercising
  • Trouble sleeping

What Causes Nasal Airway Obstruction?

Even slight narrowing of the nasal valve can lead to significant reduction in airflow. Structural blockages in three areas are common:

  • Septum: The cartilage wall between the nostrils can bend and block the nasal passage.
  • Turbinates: Ridges of bone and tissue inside the nose can limit airflow when enlarged.
  • Lateral (side) wall: Weak or excessively flexible upper/lower cartilage in the outer nasal wall may cause it to collapse inward when a person inhales.

Lateral wall collapse may equal or even exceed septal deviation as the prime cause of nasal airway obstruction.

Is lateral wall collapse contributing to my Nasal Airway Obstruction?

Our Physicians may use a number of approaches to determine whether the lateral wall is contributing to a patient’s Nasal Airway Obstruction. Examples include:

  • A simple breathing test called the Cottle Maneuver
  • Use of nasal strips during normal activity and sleep

If a patient’s symptoms improve from either of the above, he/she may benefit from support for the lateral nasal wall. The LATERA implant is indicated for supporting upper and lower lateral cartilage.

How does LATERA Work?

The LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant is used to support upper and lower lateral cartilage in the nose. The technology is intuitive and is delivered inside the nasal wall by one of our ENT Specialists at Texas ENT Center. Supporting the cartilage in this manner may reduce nasal airway obstruction symptoms and help patients breathe better. The LATERA implant is made of a material that absorbs over a period of approximately 18 months.

LATERA showed significant quality of life improvement for nasal obstruction patients with lateral wall or nasal valve collapse, as measured by the NOSE survey. While individual results may vary, LATERA patients saw the following improvements:

  • 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
  • Less trouble sleeping

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Patients experienced a reduction in nasal obstruction symptoms of 53.1% at one year, as measured by the NOSE survey. Patients got 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.

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