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Breathing Problems

Breathing problems can be the result of a number of different factors. Sinusitis can make it difficult to breathe although the attack should last for a week or two. More long-term conditions which can affect breathing are chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, allergies and asthma.

Another condition which can cause associated breathing problems is nasal valve narrowing.

What is Nasal Valve Collapse?

When it is functioning normally, the nasal valve contributes 50 per cent of total airway resistance within the respiratory tract. When the nasal valve narrows, or when nasal valve collapse occurs, serious breathing problems result.

What causes it?

Nasal valve collapse may be caused by prior rhinoplasty, or patients with a deviated septum and enlarged turbinates (the spongy bone inside the nose that controls airflow), or following an injury trauma, such as a broken nose.

What are your treatment options?

Mr Fayad will thoroughly explain all your treatment options at consultation. One treatment he offers, which is proving very effective, is the titanium Breathe-Implant. This is a bionic titanium nasal implant that consistently corrects nasal valve dysfunction by dilating the nasal valve and permanently stabilizing the lateral soft tissue.

Initially, Mr Fayad will perform a careful examination of the nose and, if the patient is suitable for this procedure, he advises the patient to purchase Breathe Right strips which are available from all leading pharmacies. The patient will use these to improve the nasal airways, as they work in a similar manner to the nasal implant. If patients are happy with the strips (and they usually are) they will be offered nasal implant surgery by Mr Fayad.

Under general anaesthetic, the 0.5mm titanium implant is placed in between the upper and lower lateral cartilage minimising the risk of hump formation, infection or extrusion. Holes in the titanium implant reduce risk of tissue decay.

The implant is safe for MRI and CT scans as well as airport security.

What is the usual outcome?

Patients have shown great improvement in the function of their nasal airways after implantation, coupled with a decrease in other associated symptoms related to obstructions in the nasal structure – such as snoring. Reduced migraines, headaches and improved sense of smell have also been recorded.

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  • I can’t sing your praises enough

    1 February 2010 “It is now nearly six months since you placed my breath-implant for me. I thought you may like to know how my nose and I have been getting along. Although I had pain after the surgery, I … Continue reading

  • I was struggling to breathe properly

    5 December 2011 “As promised, I am writing something you may want to use on your website and, if not, may be of use to other patients. For the last two years I have been struggling to breathe properly and … Continue reading

  • A great sense of relief

    27 July 2011 “Since I have had my operation on my nose, I have noticed a great sense of relief in the nasal passages of the nose. My operation consisted of a mini-FESS to clean the sinus areas around the … Continue reading

  • A massive thank you

    27 June 2012 “I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for straightening my nose which has improved my breathing. It has not only improved my breathing, but my self confidence also. I was always … Continue reading

  • Life-changing surgery

    26 February 2013 “My surgery with Mr Fayad has changed my life. I can now breathe freely and smell. I haven’t been able to smell for many years.” PN, Brentwood, Nasal Surgery