Nasal Valve Collapse & Airway Obstruction
Nasal valve collapse and airway obstruction prevent the normal and comfortable flow of air through the nose. There are many causes of nasal airway obstruction because even a slight narrowing of the passages can greatly impact the flow of air. A slight deviation in the septum or a minor turbinate hypertrophy can make it difficult or even impossible to breathe normally through the nose. Nasal valve collapse happens when your nostrils close up while inhaling. Whether partial or completely collapsed, the narrowing that follows can be an impediment to proper function.
Latera is an absorbable impant that supports the upper and lower cartilages inside the wall of your nostril. With the implant's support, your airways stay open and function better than before.
LATERA may help you breathe better with little risk of changes to appearance.
LATERA showed significant quality-of-life improvement for nasal obstruction patients with lateral wall or nasal valve collapse, as measured by the NOSE survey. Patients experienced a reduction in nasal obstruction symptoms of 57.7% at 2 years, as measured by the NOSE survey. Patients achieved these results without negative cosmetic effects.
A clinical study shows that LATERA patients demonstrate:
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
Risks included temporary symptoms such as mild bruising and inflammation, awareness of the implant, and mild pain or irritation. Other risks related to the LATERA implant included discomfort, infection, reaction to material, and need for device retrieval.
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What is Nasal Airway Obstruction
Nasal airway obstruction is a condition in which the nasal passages are blocked and prevent a normal or comfortable amount of air from passing through the nose. Nasal airway obstruction affects more than 20 million Americans and can occur because of a structural abnormality in the nose or because of inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages.
With nasal breathing delivering approximately 70% of airflow to the lungs, any blockage that limits airflow can cause significant quality-of-life consequences.
What causes Nasal Airway Obstruction?
Even a slight narrowing of the nasal valve can lead to significant reduction in airflow.
Structural blockages in 3 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.
Do you have Lateral Wall Collapse?
If breathing strips help during normal activity and rest, you may have lateral wall collapse that contributes to your nasal airway obstruction.
Another method of identifying nasal airway obstructions is the Cottle Test. Simply place two fingers on your cheek and lightly lift up and outward. If your symptoms improve, you may benefit from better support of your lateral nasal wall.