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About Nasal Airway Obstruction (NAO) and Nasal Valve Collapse (NVC)

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?

  • Nasal congestion or stuffiness
  • Nasal blockage or obstruction
  • Trouble breathing through your nose
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Inability to get enough air through your nose during exercise or exertion
If so, you may be one of more than 20 million Americans suffering from NAO,i which restricts airflow through the nose and significantly impacts one’s quality of life.ii
One of the most common causes of NAO is NVC, which occurs as a result of weak lateral cartilage collapsing inward when a person inhales. NVC is as prevalent as septal deviation and enlarged turbinates as the primary cause of NAO among nasal and sinus patients.iii

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A New Option

We are now offering a new option called LATERA®, an absorbable nasal implant that provides support to the collapsing lateral nasal cartilage. LATERA may help you breathe better by reducing your NAO symptoms. Through a minimally invasive procedure, LATERA is inserted through a small incision in the nose. Patients reported improved breathing through their nose and little risk of changes to appearance.iv The majority of patients implanted with LATERA were satisfied with their breathing (86%) and appearance (93%) results.v Eighteen and 24-month data demonstrated durable relief of NAO symptoms with LATERA with no negative cosmetic changes.vi

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Clinical research shows LATERA patients experience:iv

  • 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
Risks included temporary symptoms such as mild bruising and inflammation, awareness of the implant and mild pain or irritation.
Contact us at info@randelazar.com or call 901 821 4300 to discuss your NVC treatment options. To learn more about LATERA, visit www.latera.com.


Do you suffer from frequent runny nose, congestion and post-nasal drip even when you aren’t sick?

You may have a condition called chronic rhinitis. Dr. Lazar offers a unique treatment solution for adults with these frustrating chronic rhinitis symptoms. Using the patented ClariFix® cryotherapy device, we are able to go to the source of the problem, the inflamed nasal lining and out of balance nerves in the nose. The ClariFix® solution is:

  • FDA cleared
  • Minimally invasive
  • Performed in our office

A clinical study demonstrated a significant decrease in runny nose & congestion symptoms with 4 out of 5 patients reporting long-lasting relief after ClariFix®cryotherapy.vii, vii

The most common side effects associated with ClariFix cryotherapy are temporary increased congestion and transient pain or discomfort.


i – Value calculated based on 2014 US population estimate from US Census and World Bank data in conjunction with incidence numbers cited in: Stewart M, Ferguson BJ, Fromer L. Epidemiology and burden of nasal congestion. Intl J Gen Med. 2010;3:37-45.
ii – Rhee et al. Nasal Valve Surgery Improves Disease-Spec ific Quality of Life. Laryngoscope 115: March 2005.
iii – Senior B, et al., Nasal airway obstruction: Prevalence and anatomic contributors. Ear Nose Throat J. 2018 June;97(6):173-176.
iv – San Nicolo, et. al. 2017. Absorbable Implant to Treat Nasal Valve Collapse. Facial Plast Surg, 32:233-240.
v – Data on file (TR-21076 Spirox NVC Experience). Individual patient results may vary and may include other procedures. Use of the LATERA device in conjunction with other procedures (such as septoplasty and/or turbinate reduction) has not been clinically evaluated. Patient satisfaction results may be attributed to LATERA with other procedures.
vi – San Nicoló M, Stelter K, Sadick H, Bas M, Berghaus A. A 2-Year Follow-up Study of an Absorbable Implant to Treat Nasal Valve Collapse. Facial Plast Surg 2018; 10.1055/s-0038-1672213.
vii — K162608, Data on File: A2014-02 Clinical Report, Arrinex.
viii — Hwang P, et al. “Cryosurgical Posterior Nasal Tissue Ablation for the Treatment of Rhinitis.” Int ForumAllergy Rhinol. 2017 Oct;7(10):952-956.MRK-0736 REV A