LATERA- Biodegradable Implant for Nasal Obstruction
Patients who have experienced nasal obstruction from lateral wall or nasal valve collapse such as deviated septum, trauma or previous nasal surgery now have a new implant available called LATERA. LATERA is a biodegradable implant which slowly dissolves over a period of 18 months after being placed under the skin of the nose. The implant is used to support upper and lower lateral cartilage in the nose, reinforcing the nasal wall like traditional cartilage. By supporting the cartilage in this manner nasal airway obstruction symptoms may be reduced and help patients breathe better Reduced nasal congestion or stuffiness.
Previous techniques required general anesthesia and often changed the appearance of the nose. LATERA has been designed to not change appearance and can be completed in the office under local anesthesia. Dr. Douglas Liepert at Michiana Sleep and ENT Solutions is the first one in Northern Indiana to use the LATERA implant as he has been participating in two of the current research studies which is acquiring additional information about this option for patients.
Currently, the LATERA implant is offered in an ambulatory surgical center where both local or general anesthesia can be administered. Our goal is to offer LATERA as an in office procedure to the general public soon. To learn more about this implant and how it works, please visit http://www.spiroxmed.com/latera/ or contact Michiana Sleep & ENT Solutions at 574-367-3750.