Ask Your Doctor
Below is a list of common questions to ask your doctor during your consultation to be well informed about your condition and treatment options.
- Is my nasal obstruction caused by a structural abnormality or by inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages?
- Does the modified Cottle test indicate I have nasal valve collapse?
- Is nasal valve collapse contributing to my nasal obstruction?
- Do you offer the LATERA® implant to support the lateral nasal cartilage?
- What are my risks and benefits to receiving the LATERA implant?
- Will the procedure be performed in the operating room or the clinic?
- What should I do after the procedure?
How does LATERA work?
LATERA is a small, absorbable implant placed in the side wall of your nose. It’s inserted through a small access point inside your nostril to support your lateral nasal cartilage and help you breathe better.
What is the LATERA implant made of, and what is its clinical track record?
The implant is made of an absorbable material with an extensive history of use in a variety of medical applications. The concept is similar to dissolvable sutures that hold the body in place for a period of time and then go away. This product does not contain latex.
What happens after the LATERA implant material is absorbed?
The implant material is absorbed at approximately 18 months and is replaced by a collagen matrix. In a clinical study, patients that benefitted saw continued symptom relief at 24 months.10
Will the LATERA implant be visible, and will I feel it?
The implant is intended to support the lateral wall without permanently changing its appearance. Some patients report awareness of the implant, or some temporary discomfort, such as when wearing eyeglasses during the acute healing period, and this has resolved.10
Will this procedure be covered by my insurance?
Procedures using LATERA are commonly covered by insurance. Your physician is best positioned to address your specific situation.