The VivAer® Procedure: Could it be Your Nasal Obstruction Solution?

Millions of people suffer from nasal airway obstruction, which limits the airflow through the nose. Until recently, traditional nasal obstruction treatment options were limited to medications, at-home remedies like breathing strips that only offer temporary relief, or more invasive nasal surgeries. Now, with the VivAer® technology, another option is available for achieving fast and effective relief from nasal obstruction. 

Here’s a closer look at the VivAer® Nasal Airway procedure, its benefits, and whether it could be the right treatment for you to help you breath better.  

Chronic nasal obstruction

Nasal airway obstruction, also known as a congested or blocked nose, can dramatically impact the quantity and quality of the air you breathe in. There are a number of chronic conditions that block the nasal passages causing congestion and breathing difficulties. 

Symptoms of nasal obstruction and nasal airway problems, can include: 

  • Chronic nasal congestion, or stiffness
  • Persistent nasal blockage or obstruction
  • Difficulty breathing through nose
  • Difficulty sleeping, snoring, and fatigue
  • Inability to get enough air during activities

Causes of nasal airway obstruction 

Nasal airway obstruction may often be due to a narrowing of the nasal valve. The nasal valve region is often times the primary area involved in nasal obstruction. 

Your nasal valve is made up of three primary structures: the septum (the narrow ridge of bone and tissue between the two nostrils), the turbinates (small, shell-shaped areas of tissue that direct and warm air as it enters the nasal cavity), and the lateral wall (the side tissue that forms the outer wall of the nose). Together, these structures form the triangular-shaped area known as the nasal valve. If any of these tissues are enlarged, it may narrow the nasal valve, reducing the overall nasal airway size and causing lower airflow.

For many patients who are diagnosed with nasal valve collapse/stenosis(a common cause of nasal obstruction), VivAer® can be the solution for significantly improving airflow. The Vivaer® Nasal Airway Remodeling procedure can help alleviate nasal obstruction by gently reshaping these nasal tissues that are causing the blockage; the nasal valve region can be opened up during a single, short office visit. 

What is the VivAer® Nasal Airway procedure? 

The VivAer® Nasal Airway Remodeling procedure is a one-time non-invasive procedure that can be performed in minutes in our office. VivAer® uses a low-temperature radiofrequency process that gently reshapes tissue of the nasal airway to help you breathe easier right away. 

The VivAer® procedure is performed using a local anesthetic and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, making it a much more convenient option than surgery. Patients typically return to normal activity on the same day and many patients notice improvement in nasal breathing immediately after the Vivaer® reshaping is completed. 

Of course, not all patients are good candidates for the VivAer® procedure, and nasal surgerymay be necessary depending on the cause of the nasal problem. However, for eligible patients, VivAer® gives you a treatment for nasal airway obstruction that offers significant benefits and provides lasting relief. 

Benefits/advantages of the Vivaer®Nasal Airway Remodeling procedure incldue:

  • Procedure is convenient and straightforward
  • Performed in-office 
  • Requires only a local anesthetic
  • Quick (typically, total procedure time is less than 15 minutes)
  • Minimal discomfort 
  • Non-invasive
  • Involves no incisions or cutting
  • Fast recovery time, with little to no restrictions post-procedure
  • Proven highly effective
  • Patients experience Immediate benefits and improvements in breathing and symptoms
  • Clinically shown to significantly improve quality of life and provide long lasting relief

If you are experiencing symptoms of nasal obstruction and would like to learn about the non-invasive, in-office Vivaer® Nasal Airway Remodeling procedure, call The Ohio Sinus Institute today. We will help you find the solution that’s right for you to help you achieve breathing breathing and lasting relief!