Nasal Valve Collapse Surgery in Denver, CO
Nasal valve collapse is a fairly common cause of breathing difficulty and can dramatically affect your quality of life. We’re experts at diagnosing and treating collapsed nasal valves, so you can get back to breathing right and living your life.
What Is a Nasal Valve Collapse?
Nasal valve collapse is a condition where the air passages in the front part of the nose collapse inward while inhaling, often partially or completely blocking the airways and making it difficult to breathe. Patients who suffer from nasal valve collapse have often experienced trauma to the nose, such as a nasal fracture, or have weakened nasal cartilage. This structural issue can be treated with both surgical and non-surgical methods.
What Are Nasal Valves?
The nasal valves are the narrow passageways in the nose that are made of up cartilage and septum bone, with turbinates also lining the area. They help bring air in through the nostrils so it can be warmed, filtered, and humidified before entering the lungs. These small airways of the internal nasal valve naturally fluctuate during breathing, or when the turbinates are enlarged, but even a minor collapse or blockage can cause difficulty breathing.
What Causes a Nasal Valve Collapse?
The nasal valves are fragile and can be prone to collapse fairly easily. A collapsed nasal valve can be caused by external factors, but it can also be developed due to genetic predisposition.
Common causes for nasal valve collapse include:
- Trauma to the nose, usually through accident or injury
- Previous nasal surgery such as rhinoplasty
- Naturally weak nasal cartilage (congenital weakness)
Each of the circumstances above can increase the likelihood of patients suffering from a collapsed nasal valve.
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How Can I Treat or Repair A Collapsed Nasal Valve?
There are several different treatment options for a collapsed nasal valve, both surgical and non-surgical. Treatments range from medication to breathing strips to surgery, and it is important to consider all of these options with an expert ENT doctor to decide which treatment is best for you.
Certain medications such as antihistamines or anti-inflammatories can be prescribed to help address any swelling that might be shrinking the nasal valve airways. If allergies are the root cause of the agitation in the nose, treating the allergies with allergy drops or medications can reduce swelling and open the airways, meaning the patient no longer struggles with breathing even if the nasal valve is contracting.
This treatment is designed primarily to address concerns about collapsed nasal valves during sleep. Using a breathing strip on the nose can help keep the nasal valves and nostril airways open, so air moves more freely through the passageways while you sleep. Breathing strips are usually on recommended for patients who are only bothered by symptoms at night.
Nasal Valve Surgery
The goal with nasal valve surgery is to open and/or stent the internal nasal valves so they do not collapse inward during inhalation. This surgery can be performed with minimally invasive techniques and typically involves placing a piece of the patient’s own cartilage – either from the septum or behind the ear – within a pocket in the nasal valve to make sure it stays open while breathing. Nasal valve surgery can also involve the use of an artificial graft or implant, such as the Latera implant, but the exact techniques and procedure will depend on your unique situation. The procedure can also be performed at the same time as a septoplasty or rhinoplasty, or during reconstructive surgery.
The best way to determine if nasal valve surgery or other treatment options are right for you is to discuss the details with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. The experts at Advanced ENT and Allergy Center have helped many Colorado residents treat and repair collapsed nasal valves by determining the right course of action for your unique situation.
Trust Our Experts – Treat Your Nasal Valve Collapse
Dr. Menachof has been helping patients diagnose and treat their breathing problems for decades, and the entire team at Advanced ENT and Allergy Center is dedicated to helping you breathe better. Our doctors are experts at determining the best way to address a nasal valve collapse, whether that means eliminating your symptoms with over-the-counter options or providing long-term relief through surgical procedure.
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This procedure can be completed under local anesthesia in the office and takes around an hour to complete.
Dissolvable stitches are put inside the nose so removal of stitches is necessary.