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Breathe Better with Innovative and Modern Technology

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Are you always reaching for a tissue? Do you struggle to breathe through your nose? You’re not alone. If you live with persistent nasal congestion or a relentless runny nose, you can breathe easier with these latest treatment options. Dr. Gary Wiesman, board-certified otolaryngologist, is specially trained in advanced surgical techniques, including ClariFix® Cryotherapy and Latera® Absorbable Nasal Implant. You can obtain the lasting relief you need using a minimally invasive solution.

Stop the Drip and Breathe Better

ClariFix® Cryotherapy

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If you’re tired of always needing a tissue and you just can’t seem to stop the drip, ClariFix® is an FDA-approved treatment that’s minimally invasive. Dr. Wiesman can freeze away your nasal congestion with a noninvasive form of cryotherapy. The cold temperature hits the nerves and disrupts their ability to make mucus. As a result, your symptoms will dramatically improve.

When compared to other treatments, there’s no downtime or a lengthy recovery. The treatment only requires a topical anesthetic and can be done in the office. You’ll enjoy clinically proven results to treat a persistent runny nose, sneezing, or chronic nasal congestion. Using modern technology, this in-office procedure has been proven safe and effective for both allergic and non-allergic patients. 

Now, the root causes of chronic rhinitis can be treated safely, quickly and easily. In fact, the procedure was even performed live on the TV show “The Doctors.” 

ClariFix - Performed Live

Clarifix® Cryotherapy FAQs

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If you are struggling with nasal congestion and/or a chronic runny nose, Dr. Wiesman and our team are ready to serve you. Still, we understand if you want to gather more information before you commit to anything. Below, you will find answers to some FAQs about Clarifix cryotherapy. If your specific questions are not touched on here, give us a call so we can provide personalized assistance.

Does Clarifix® Cryotherapy Hurt?

We apply a local anesthetic to make our patients as comfortable as possible. You might feel some slight pressure and a cooling sensation during the procedure, but anything you experience should be quite tolerable. The process is very quick, and you can expect any discomfort to fade soon after you leave our office. In fact, any increased soreness or congestion usually resolve themselves on the same day as the Clarifix® procedure.

How Safe Is Clarifix®?

Clarifix cryotherapy is a low-risk procedure. Its noninvasive nature means that there is very little risk that anything will go wrong. When adverse reactions do occur, they may include issues like headaches, facial pain, bleeding, and ear blockage. In most cases, these side effects disappear or are greatly reduced within 90 days of the Clarifix® appointment.

When Will I Notice Results, and How Long Will They Last?

Patients vary in their response to Clarifix® cryotherapy. In most cases, though, results become noticeable within 2 – 6 weeks after the treatment.

The longevity of the results can also vary. For some individuals, they experience long-lasting relief from their symptoms and never need a second treatment. For others, their results last 1 – 2 years. Repeated Clarifix® cryotherapy sessions are safe and do not typically come with increased risk levels for patients.

How Much Does Clarifix® Cryotherapy Cost?

Since Clarifix® cryotherapy is a fast and noninvasive procedure, its cost is quite manageable for most patients, even those without insurance. Our team can provide specific numbers when you call to book your consultation.

In some cases, medical insurance covers this procedure. However, since policies vary greatly, you should call your insurance company to learn more details about whether or not Clarifix® will be covered in your unique case. Our practice accepts many different insurance plans, and our team will be happy to help you navigate your benefits.

Can I Undergo Clarifix® Cryotherapy if I Have Had Nasal Surgery in the Past?

When you visit us for your consultation, we will ask for some details about your medical history. From there, we will be able to formulate a customized treatment plan. Whether or not Clarifix is right for you, we will do all we can to help you resolve your issues and enjoy problem-free breathing.

Correct a Collapsed Nasal Airway and Breathe Better

Latera® Absorbable Nasal Implant

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If you’re ready to breathe better, the Latera® Absorbable Nasal Implant is used to correct a collapsed nasal airway. Once the tiny implant is in place, it stabilizes the nasal valve and lateral wall. As a result, it reduces nasal airway obstruction to promote better breathing.

This innovative treatment is clinically proven to provide long-term relief from your symptoms. The bioresorbable implant will be completely dissolved over the course of 18-24 months. When it dissolves, the body fills in the area with collagen to stabilize the nasal valve forever. You can enjoy permanent results, so you won’t need to have the procedure done again to keep your symptoms at bay.

This FDA-approved treatment can be performed in our office in a matter of minutes. You can even see it done live on a recording of “The Doctors.”   Best of all, there is no lengthy recovery time.

Latera Implant - Performed Live

Overall, you’ll enjoy an improvement in nasal congestion, stuffiness, and obstructions so that you will be able to breathe better through your nose.

Latera® Nasal Implant FAQs

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The concept of the Latera® nasal implant is new to many patients, so it is understandable if you want to learn more before you book a consultation. To help you out, we have put together a list of answers to some common questions about this treatment. If your questions are not addressed here, call our office. We look forward to speaking with you!

What Condition Does Latera® Treat?

Latera® is designed to help patients who have a collapsed nasal valve. In other words, if the part of the airway that is in your nose is too narrow, this treatment might be right for you. You might have a collapsed nasal valve if:

  • You have a stuffy nose that never goes away.
  • It is difficult for you to breathe during strenuous physical activity.
  • You often breathe through your mouth.

Some people confuse a collapsed nasal valve with allergies or a cold, so it is important to seek a proper diagnosis if treatments for such issues have been unable to help you.

Are There Any Risks Associated with Latera®?

The risks associated with the Latera® procedure are minimal. You might develop mild bruising and swelling, which typically dissipates within a few days. Some patients experience a feeling of awareness that the implant is there. Very rarely, individuals have had a bad reaction to the material that Latera® is made out of and have had to have their implant removed.

When Will I Notice the Benefits of Latera®?

Even though it takes around 18 months for the human body to fully absorb a Latera® implant, you can expect to notice benefits much sooner than that. In fact, some patients experience a marked improvement in their breathing within the first week of their procedure. Other patients notice results within 4 – 6 weeks.

Along with an improved ability to breathe, many Latera® patients enjoy improved sleep quality and greater endurance during physical activities.

If you do not experience any new injuries to your nose or other significant problems, you can expect the benefits of your Latera® procedure to last a lifetime.

Will Latera® Change the Way My Nose Looks?

No, you should not anticipate that Latera® will change the shape of your nose. Neither you nor anyone else should be able to tell by appearances that the implant is present. If you are interested in changing the shape of your nose, ask Dr. Wiesman if you are a candidate for rhinoplasty (a nose job).

How Much Does Latera® Cost?

Because the Latera® procedure is minimally invasive and can be done in our office in just a few minutes, it is not very expensive. Most patients are able to manage its cost without too much trouble. Plus, many insurance policies are willing to cover at least a portion of Latera®’s cost. Ask our team about specific pricing and payment policy information.


Schedule Your Consultation Today

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If you’re ready to breathe better using modern technology, Dr. Wiesman can help. He treats a variety of breathing problems to enhance his patients’ quality of life. You can say goodbye to constant sniffling, irritating post-nasal drip, or mouth breathing. Contact Wiesman Nasal & Sinus today to schedule your consultation.

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