Breathe Better With The Absorbable Nasal Implant

Nasal and Laryngeal Endoscopy

Not being able to breathe correctly out of your nose is not only frustrating, but it can also negatively impact your quality of life. At ROVA ENT, we are proud to offer innovative and minimally invasive solutions such as the LATERA® Absorbable Nasal Implant to help you breathe better.

The LATERA® Absorbable Nasal Implant is inserted inside the nasal wall to reinforce the cartilage and keep the airway open. LATERA® acts as a stent, preventing the nose walls from collapsing and allowing the patient to breathe better. The implant is clear and comes in two sizes: 20mm and 24 mm. If he feels you are a good candidate, Dr. Lenkowski will select the best size for you based on your nose anatomy.

Who Can Benefit From The Implant?

Patients who suffer from nasal airway obstruction (OSA) may benefit from the procedure, especially those who have been diagnosed with lateral wall insufficiency (LWI) or other structural issues. The nose collapses inward when an OSA patient breathes in, restricting airflow. Benefits include relief from common OSA symptoms, including:

  • Less nasal congestion 
  • Decreased stuffiness
  • Easier breathing through the nose, including during physical activity
  • Better sleeping
  • Less nasal obstruction 

What To Expect From Your LATERA® Procedure

The implant is placed in a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Our sinus surgeon, Dr. Lenkowski, will get you comfortable and numb your nose with a local anesthetic. Once your nose is numb, he will then carefully insert the tube with the implant inside into the outer wall of your nose. Once in its desired place, the implant is released. It will sit above the maxilla, or right around where your glasses would sit on the bridge of your nose. Dr. Lenkowski will then comfortably raise the insertion tube. The entire insertion procedure only lasts for a few minutes and should not be painful, but patients might feel some slight pressure.

Recovering From The Procedure

There is very little to no downtime after LATERA®, which is considered a safe, effective procedure with relatively no risks or side effects. Some patients may experience some slight bruising, swelling, mild pain or irritation. Other patients experience none of these side effects. These symptoms will go away quickly, and you should be able to return to normal activities within a few days.

Though unlikely, call us at (540) 655-1888 if you experience any pain or bleeding.

How Long Does The Implant Last?

The implant is slowly and safely absorbed over 18-24 months. As it absorbs, your nose forms tissue that will turn into collagen in the implant’s place, providing patients with long-lasting support and relief from OSA symptoms. 

Many patients may be concerned that the implant will alter their appearance. However, LATERA® does not alter the shape or appearance of your face. No one will be able to tell you have had the procedure but you!

Do I Have OSA?

If you think you could have OSA and benefit from the nasal implant procedure, take our sinus quiz. The quiz will evaluate your symptoms, and our team will reach out to you with the results.

Get Started With LATERA®

We understand that having difficulty breathing can be frustrating and have a significant impact on your mental and overall health. If you are looking for relief from nasal obstruction, a nasal implant could be the answer. To determine if a nasal implant procedure is right for you, call us at 540-655-1888 or request an appointment using our online form.





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“Dr. Lenkowski was interested in the reason I was there to be checked, he thoroughly examined my ears, nose, throat and neck and ask questions. When I was ready to leave he told me to come back if I had any other problems. I would recommend Dr. Lenkowski to any of my family members or friends.”

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“Very knowledgeable and explained the issues in a very articulate manner. I was impressed with the amount of time he was willing to allow me to discuss other concerns. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting an excellent ENT specialist.”

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