Latera Implant for Nasal Obstruction
Delivering approximately 70 percent of airflow to the lungs, nasal breathing is directly related to one’s quality of life, whether at rest or at play. Remarkably, more than 20 million Americans are affected by some degree of nasal airway obstruction (NAO), which leads to difficulties in breathing
and trouble sleeping. In many of these cases, narrowing and/or swelling of the nasal valve, including a deviated septum or collapsing of the outer nasal wall are the primary causes of their nasal airway obstruction.
Fortunately, the LATERA implant provides significant improvement for those with nasal airway obstruction due to structural abnormalities or weakened upper or lower cartilage in the outer nasal wall that contributes to lateral wall collapse. Comprised of a unique polymer material that is absorbed over an 18-month period, the LATERA implant is placed inside the nasal wall where it supports the upper and lower lateral cartilage. Depending on the extent of airway obstruction, results vary from individual to individual. Even so, patients report dramatic improvements in nasal stuffiness and congestion, with less trouble breathing through their nose during low impact and high impact activities, less nasal blockage and less trouble sleeping.
How Does Latera Work?
Designed to reinforce the nasal wall and reduce symptoms associated with nasal airway obstruction, the LATERA implant helps individuals breathe easier and sleep better. However, its unique technology is such that it is absorbed over time in several stages. For instance, after the implant has been placed, a capsule of fibrous tissue forms that establishes the integrity of the implant over the first 12 months. As the implant is stabilized during the absorption and encapsulation process, localized tissues continue to respond, eventually leading to a remodeling of the nasal airway with a fibrous collagen tissue. Ultimately, the implant is fully replaced with this tissue by 24 months, as it provides ongoing support.
In addressing airway obstruction and other chronic conditions that affect one’s breathing, Dr. Gregory Levitin provides comprehensive care to patients, ensuring that they have an accurate diagnosis and the information that they need to make informed decisions regarding their treatment. Thus, Dr. Levitin is proud to offer the LATERA implant for nasal obstruction as an effective option for improving a patient’s breathing and quality of life.
If you are ready to stop suffering and breathe normally, contact Dr. Levitin at New York Sinusitis Treatment, at the Columbus Circle office in New York.