Nasal valve collapse or dysfunction occurs when the junction between the lower and upper sidewall of the nose tends to “collapse in” when breathing through the nose. This can cause nasal congestion or obstruction of airflow through the nasal passage.
Base view of the nose
WHAT CAUSES NASAL VALVE COLLAPSE?
This can occur as a result of age-related changes, trauma, or it may occur without any obvious reason. Again, the main symptom is nasal blockage or decreased nasal airflow. This problem may occur in conjunction with other causes of nasal obstruction such as a deviated nasal septum or enlarged turbinates.
WHAT TREATMENT OPTION DOES DR. SIKAND OFFER?
One option for repairing the nasal valve includes placement of a supporting cartilage graft. Typically, this would require a longer procedure under general anesthesia in the operating room. Recently, a self dissolving implant called the Latera implant can be placed in the office under local anesthesia. This allows for faster recovery with less swelling as well as a shorter procedure without the risk of general anesthesia.
Dr. Sikand performs the Latera device procedure as a component of his minimally invasive techniques for nasal and sinus problems.