Nasal Airway Remodeler Device to Improve Breathing in Nasal Congestion

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Aerin Medical launched non-invasive Vivaer Nasal Airway Remodeling device that claims to free patient from congestion permanently.

Nasal congestion, caused due to obstruction created by shape of internal nasal valve is characterized by symptoms such as congestion, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. Currently available medications help to reduce intensity of symptoms, the only proven solution is for a patient to undergo nasal surgery. According to the study, around 10 millions of Americans suffer from sinus pain and inflammation due to obstruction of the nasal cavity. California-based startup named Aerin Medical developed a noninvasive device to overcome symptoms of nasal congestion, which provide long-lasting results to patient along with minimal discomfort.

The procedure is initiated by conducting Computed Tomography (CT) scan of patient, which reveals the blocked area of nose. Furthermore, the device applies radio frequency energy to cartilage in the patient’s nose using a wand that is inserted up the nose. The device targets energy toward the affected areas. No anesthetic are required during performing this procedure. Also, there’s no sustained recovery period after invasive surgery. “What this technology does is reshape the internal nasal valve region, which is a region where cartilage on the side of your nose meets your septum,” said The Ohio State University’s Dr. Brad Otto, leader of an ongoing clinical trial. “Basically what it causes the cartilage to do is barely denature and change its shape just a little bit in order to open up that valve and improve airflow to that region.”

This procedure was performed on nine patients and furthermore a total of 15 patients have registered for the purposes of this study. Moreover, trial conducted aims to determine the effectiveness of the procedure in improving nasal obstruction by examining the effects of procedure on nasal airflow.

 

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