Non-invasive procedure helps patients breathe easier

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(WKRG/ CBS News) Millions of Americans struggle with nasal obstruction or congestion that makes it hard to breath.

Tamar Katz is among them. It’s been a challenge to breathe since she broke her nose in an accident several months ago.

“My breathing has been more difficult at night,” said Katz.

She has tried nasal sprays, strips and even wears a mouth guard to rest at night, but nothing has helped enough.

“I don’t have enough energy during the day because I don’t get enough sleep,” said Katz, who hopes a new non-invasive procedure will finally give her some relief.

CBS News followed Katz as she underwent the procedure.

“We’ll apply to multiple areas… and that’s the whole procedure,” explained Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz.

The Vivaer treatment delivers radiofrequency energy to the nasal valve area to treat obstructions without surgery or incisions.

“When you heat up the tissues of the nose, it causes some of the tissues to shrink, to contract. Some of them become actually softer and you can mold them,” said Jacobowitz.

The procedure is done right in the office with local anethesia and takes less than 30 minutes.

“In the clinical trial, as we say, the response rate – the number of people that had a good result – is 90 percent which is quite impressive,” said Jacoboitz.

Patients can experience some soreness and scabbing in the nose, but most return to normal activities right away.

The treatment is not covered by insurance and can cost patients up to one thousand dollars out of pocket. 

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