Do you have chronic nasal obstruction that is not relieved with use of topical nasal steroid sprays? Does your nose collapse inward when you breathe in deeply? If so, you may be a candidate to undergo treatment with the Latera device.
Latera is a minimally invasive procedure that is done under local anesthesia to help patients breathe better. It was specifically designed to target what is called lateral wall collapse – which refers to a weak side wall of the nose. In some patients, the side of the nose is simply too flimsy from poor cartilage support. When these patients breathe inward, the side wall pinches inward, or collapses. This results in the subjective sense of nasal obstruction – meaning these patients can’t breathe very well through their nose. The Latera device was created by experts to reinforce the weakened side wall of the nose – making it stiffer and less susceptible to collapse when breathing inward.
Dr. Hilinski is internationally known as an expert in nose reconstruction. As such, he utilizes some of the latest techniques to help his patients – which includes placement of the Latera device. In most cases, this is done while the patient is fully awake – using an injection of local anesthesia to numb up the side of the nose. The device is then placed through a small piercing made on the inner lining of the side wall. There is minimal recovery involved – but potentially a significant improvement in nasal breathing for patients having the Latera procedure.
If you feel like you may be a candidate for Latera placement by Dr. Hilinski, contact our office today to schedule your appointment. Latera is covered by most PPO health insurance plans.