LATERA: A Nasal Valve Collapse Solution (NVC)
Sinus Pain

Has it become difficult to breathe through your nose?

Do you have trouble breathing through your nose? Has your sleep, daily activity, and overall health been impacted by chronic nasal congestion? When the nasal passages become blocked due to NVC it can become difficult to breathe through your nose during exercise, sleep, or day-to-day activities.

If you are missing the things you used to love because your nasal obstruction symptoms are ruining your quality of life, it's time to make an appointment with Dr. Leeman. At Daniel J. Leeman, MD, we offer a minimally invasive treatment for NVC called LATERA.

My chronic congestion is impacting my life

Is my nasal blockage due to NVC?

When the nasal airway becomes blocked by something, breathing through the nose will become difficult. This blockage is what is known as nasal airway obstruction. When there is an obstruction, nasal breathing can become difficult during rest, exercise, and sleep. These symptoms can lead to reduced sleep quality and fatigue. A blockage can also result in more infections because the nose can't properly drain mucus. Common causes of nasal airway obstruction include:

  • Nasal Valve Collapse (NVC)
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Nasal Polyps

Nasal airway obstruction symptoms

Some symptoms of nasal obstruction include:

  • Inability or difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Increased snoring

The best way to diagnose your symptoms and to determine that you are suffering from nasal airway obstruction rather than something else is to see an ENT specialist like, Daniel J. Leeman, MD.

What causes Nasal Valve Collapse?

NVC happens when the cartilage inside the nasal wall of the nose becomes weakened and caves inward as you breathe in. This blocks your airway and can happen at any time throughout the day. In the past, NVC wasn't treated often because the procedure used to treat it usually involved grafting cartilage from somewhere else in the body. The procedure used to treat NVC in the past also didn't address anatomical issues and risked changing the look of the nose.

You now have a better option.

LATERA: A solution for patients with nasal obstruction.

LATERA is a modern absorbable implant that is placed in the nose during a minimally invasive in-office procedure. The implant solves the symptoms of NVC by supporting the lateral wall and should be absorbed over 18 months. While the implant is in place, it will also help the tissues in your nose to become more rigid.

  • Effective - Studies have shown a satisfaction rate of 86%. Meaning that LATERA has shown improvement for nasal obstruction patients suffering from NVC.
  • Minimally invasive - The implant itself is small and most people report not being able to feel it. In some cases, patients said they could feel it, but this was resolved within three weeks.
  • Hassle-free - The implant is placed during a short in-office procedure so that you can get relief while avoiding surgery.

LATERA can improve your quality of life

With LATERA you should see:

  • A reduction in mouth breathing
  • Better sleep
  • An overall improvement in your quality of life

It's time to take back your life and get the relief you deserve at Daniel J. Leeman, MD

Dr. Leeman offers a wide variety of modern minimally invasive sinus pain procedures. If you have been suffering from chronic sinus pain in silence, it's time to get the relief you deserve. Dr. Leeman can diagnose your condition and offer treatment options that will fit your lifestyle and health needs.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

With traditional sinus surgery, the surgeon removes tissue and bone to make the sinus opening bigger to help clear blocked sinuses and restore proper sinus drainage. Also, recovery after a sinus surgery procedure can often involves carring and pain.

With a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, the surgeon dilates the sinus openings which can clear up any infection and restore normal drainage. On average, the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure takes around an hour.

Other benefits include:

  • No cutting or removal of tissue or bones like traditional sinus surgery
  • Less bleeding
  • Helps preserve healthy mucus membranes, nasal tissues, and structure
  • Lower infection risk than with traditional sinus surgery
  • 95% success rate

How Much Does Balloon Sinuplasty Cost?

Choosing Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgeries can save you both money and time. You will have minimal time off work, none of the costs associated with surgery in a hospital, no long recovery, and, best of all, Balloon Sinuplasty is covered by most insurances. In fact, in 2014, the American Academy of Otolaryngology issued a statement calling for all medical insurance companies to consider providing coverage for the cost of the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure.

However, some insurance companies continue to make it difficult to qualify for Balloon Sinuplasty. Several consider it to be an elective procedure that should not be covered.

To find out if your policy covers Balloon Sinuplasty, contact your insurance company. It is always a good idea to check with your insurance company to be sure you understand all of your plan's features.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Leeman for my Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure

Dr. Leeman is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is also a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. As such, he has been specially trained in the anatomy, physiology, and treatment of diseases of the ear, nose, throat, neck, and head.

With his experience serving the Austin community for nearly 20 years, he has diagnosed and performed many successful procedures to treat these areas of the body, using the most up-to-date techniques—both surgical and non-surgical.

If you have any other questions about what Balloon Sinuplasty could do for you, feel free to schedule an appointment and we would be happy to discuss everything in more detail.