ALAR™ Nasal Valve Stent and Surgical Technique
Around 70 million Americans have sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Studies link sleep deficiency to multiple comorbidities in adults, including heart disease and stroke, as well as an increased risk of car crashes, work-related accidents, and diminished job performance. In children, obstructive sleep apnea can significantly affect behavior and learning ability. Yet most people with sleep disorders are undiagnosed. Medtronic offers numerous innovative solutions to help you treat your patients with sleep-disordered breathing.
Collapse for the upper lateral cartilage is associated with narrowing of the internal nasal valve, reducing nasal airflow. The ALAR™ Nasal Valve Stent and Surgical Technique provides a novel method to address nasal valve stenosis and can be done in conjunction with septoplasty and tubinoplasty. The stent is easily deployed following repositioning of the cartilages, holds the tissue in place during the healing process, and is removed in approximately 10 days. Benefits of the procedure include no external incision; no permanent implant; and no donor cartilage.