LATERA® procedure for nasal obstruction

The LATERA® nasal implant is used to support upper and lower lateral cartilage in the nose, reinforcing the nasal wall like traditional cartilage. Supporting the cartilage in this manner may reduce nasal airway obstruction symptoms and help patients breathe better.

LATERA® is implanted during a minimally invasive in-office procedure. This involves the doctor inserting a cannula (small medical insertion tube) gently into the nasal wall and then injecting a small, clear implant. Once the implant is correctly positioned, the cannula is removed and the implant remains securely inside the nasal wall.

The LATERA® implant is made of a special material, which naturally absorbs into the body within about 18 months of the procedure. It continues to provide support and increase airflow through the nasal cavity even after the implant has fully absorbed.

Some patients experience mild bruising, pain, inflammation, or irritation near the implant after the procedure. This generally subsides quickly and without complication.

LATERA® Effectiveness

The LATERA® implant has been proven to significantly improve quality of life for nasal obstruction patients with lateral wall or nasal valve collapse.

While individual results may vary, LATERA® implant patients saw the following improvements:

  • 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

Is LATERA® right for me?

If you experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal blockage or obstruction
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Blockage of your nose during exercise or exertion

then the LATERA® procedure may be appropriate for you.