substantial improvements in symptoms of nasal obstruction. Conducted by Aerin Medical, Inc., the manufacturer of the device, the study included patients treated by 16 physicians at eight study sites across the United States. All patients in the study had significant symptoms of nasal obstruction primarily caused by nasal valve dysfunction, with Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation (NOSE) scores of higher than 60.
All patients were treated in a standard exam chair using the Vivaer device under direct visualization. Compared to baseline, the mean NOSE score improved by 54.8 points (69%) six months after treatment. Overall, 94% of patients had a 15-point or greater improvement in NOSE score following treatment. In addition, the ability to get enough air through their nose during exercise or exertion improved in 94% of patients, and 92% experienced improved sleep quality at night.
“As otolaryngologists, we were trained that the nasal valve is often the primary site of nasal obstruction; however, we have had few simple solutions to treat this area, so it has become largely overlooked,” said Dr. Sillers. “Vivaer is a simple and elegant solution that can be easily performed in the physician’s office. Once the diagnosis of nasal valve collapse is made, Vivaer offers a treatment to patients suffering from nasal obstruction beyond the traditional septum and turbinate surgeries.”