What is nasal obstruction?
Do you have trouble breathing and typically snore through the night? If so, you might have nasal obstruction. Nasal obstruction can hurt your daily life–both at home and work. If you experience the following symptoms regularly, it may be time to schedule an appointment with Scottsdale ENT:
- Difficulty breathing
- Inability to get enough air through your nose
- Interrupted sleep
- Loud snoring
- Daytime fatigue
What is the VivAer® Procedure?
VivAer® Nasal Airway Remodeling is a groundbreaking procedure for those suffering from nasal obstruction. VivAer® uses radiofrequency energy to gently reshape the cartilage of your nose from the inside; therefore, allowing the nasal valve to open without altering the appearance of your nose.
What is the nasal valve? And why is it obstructed? The nasal valve is made up of three parts:
- Septum: the wall that separates your left and right nostrils, sometimes referred to as the bridge.
- Lateral Wall: the outer tissue inside of your nose
- Turbinates: the fingerlike structures toward the back of your nasal passage which warm, humidify, and cleanse the air you breathe.
Your nasal valve is a narrow passageway susceptible to inflammation. If any sort of nasal obstruction is present, you will notice the quality of your air intake suffers greatly.
Am I a candidate for the VivAer® Procedure?
Basic criteria for qualifying for the VivAer® Procedure include:
- Chronic nasal obstruction that does not respond to medical therapy
- The desire to avoid traditional surgery
- The nasal valve is the primary contributor to your breathing issues
The only way to know if you are a candidate for the VivAer® Procedure is to undergo a thorough exam with Dr. Brian Lee at Scottsdale ENT.
How is the VivAer® Procedure performed?
The VivAer® Procedure is a minimally invasive procedure performed in the comfort of Scottsdale ENT’s office. A local anesthetic numbs the inside of your nose, and then, Dr. Lee inserts a small stylus. As the stylus gently glides over your nasal tissue, the radio-frequency energy reshapes your nasal valve, creating more open space inside your nose.
Are there any risks with the VivAer® Procedure?
No evidence is available to suggest any adverse side effects of the VivAer® Procedure; however, risks may include:
- Temporary swelling
- Nasal stuffiness for about two weeks
What are the benefits of the VivAer® Procedure?
Patients who qualify for the VivAer® Procedure will experience numerous benefits such as:
- It’s quick – The VivAer® Procedure only takes about 15 minutes.
- Painless – There is no cutting involved with this surgery-free alternative. Patients typically only experience some pressure during the procedure.
- Preserves appearance – VivAer® will not change the visible profile of your nose.
- No downtime – Patients can resume normal activities as soon as they leave the office.
- Clinically Proven – Clinical studies report more than 90% of patients show dramatic improvement in their breathing.
- Improved Sleep – Sleeping better also leads to better concentration, more productivity, and less fatigue during the day.
If you are suffering from chronic nasal obstruction, it’s time to find relief. Schedule a consultation with Scottsdale ENT today to find out if you are a candidate for the VivAer® Procedure.