If you’re suffering from chronic nasal congestion and experiencing complications like sleep apnea, the VivAer® procedure could be the solution. David Bortniker, MD, and the ENT experts at Ear, Nose & Throat Care, PC, in Somerville and Warren, New Jersey, use VivAer to relieve your nasal congestion during a brief in-office appointment. You can breathe more easily after VivAer without the need for surgery, so call Ear, Nose & Throat Care, PC, to schedule a consultation today.

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VivAer® is a state-of-the-art treatment for nasal congestion. Problems breathing through your nose because of a blockage or obstruction in your nasal passages is a widespread problem with few long-term solutions.

In the past, if you had chronic congestion, invasive surgeries were often the only option for anything other than giving relief.

VivAer is an innovative way of relieving congestion with long-lasting results and without invasive surgery. Recovery from the VivAer procedure is also far quicker than surgery.

How does VivAer work?

VivAer uses a technology called radiofrequency ablation. This works by delivering a succession of hot and cold applications via a nasal stylus – a slim tool that fits inside your nasal cavity.

Rather than the tissues being cut off surgically, or reshaped with laser energy, VivAer shrinks the swollen mucous membranes in your nose. As a result, healing takes place far more quickly.

When would I need to undergo treatment with VivAer?

VivAer could be a solution for you if you have a nasal airway obstruction, and other treatments aren’t relieving your symptoms.

Nasal airway obstructions are blockages in your nasal or paranasal structures. Some causes of nasal airway obstructions are only temporary – for example:

  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Colds and flu
  • Air pollutants
  • Allergies
  • Rhinitis

Other causes of nasal airway obstructions are anatomical, meaning the structures in your nose are abnormal somehow, or there’s a growth in your nasal passages.

A deviated septum that blocks one nostril, enlarged turbinates that form lumps inside your nasal passages, nasal tumors, and nasal polyps are examples of anatomical nasal airway obstructions.

These problems make it difficult to breathe through your nose, leading to issues like difficulty exercising and chronic snoring, and complications such as sleep apnea and fatigue.

What does the VivAer procedure involve?

One of the key advantages of VivAer is that it’s a straightforward outpatient treatment that causes minimal discomfort.

The doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Care, PC, perform the VivAer procedure in-office, and you can return to your regular activities the same day. There’s no wound, stitches, or after-effects from anesthetic to worry about, either.

The majority of patients who undergo the VivAer procedure report a significant improvement in their ability to breathe through their nose, improved quality of sleep, and an increase in nasal air intake during exercise.

To find out more about VivAer and how it could relieve the discomfort and irritation of nasal airway obstruction, call Ear, Nose & Throat Care, PC, or book an appointment online today.

*Video testimonial from one of Dr. Bortniker’s patients below: