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Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago to Lead One of the first LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant Surgeries

Chicago, IL—August 9, 2016 Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago is set to perform one of the first minimally invasive LATERA™ Absorbable Nasal Implant surgeries in the U.S. The nasal implant from Spirox™ won FDA 510(k) clearance in July 2016, and provides surgeons with a minimally invasion option for treating nasal valve collapse, a major cause of nasal obstruction.

“Difficulty breathing through the nose is one of the most common patient complaints we treat,” says Jordan B. Pritikin, M.D., an otolaryngologist (ENT) at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital. Dr. Pritikin has a long history of seeking innovative ways to treat his patients, and is highly specialized in leveraging state-of-the-art technology coupled with compassionate care. Presence Saint Joseph Hospital is one of just a few sites across the country that has been selected to bring this product to market.

A new technique, the Spirox Latera™ implant is a thin polymer strut that is inserted through a small needle placed inside the nasal passage. The strut sits on top of the nasal bone and beneath the cartilage of the nasal sidewall, lifting the sidewall and preventing collapse during breathing. This low-profile implant sits flush against the bone and beneath the skin of the nasal sidewall; improvement in nasal breathing is almost immediate and the implant is essentially invisible.

The Spirox Latera™ implant is absorbed over time and is replaced by collagen, a structural protein produced by the body. This absorption-and-replacement process strengthens the nasal sidewall even after the implant has disappeared and can provide lasting support for the nasal airway with minimal surgical time, minimal recovery time and none of the usual risks associated with harvesting cartilage grafts.

Appointments for examinations and consultations to discuss treatment options for nasal breathing problems can be made by contacting Dr. Pritikin’s office at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago at 312.372.9355.


About Presence Saint Joseph Hospital

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital is an award-winning academic medical center on Chicago’s north side overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park. Established in 1868, Presence Saint Joseph has grown with the community and is known for advanced care in cardiology, headache, cancer care, cardiac care, minimally invasive surgery, plastic surgery, neonatal care and treatment of HIV and its complications. Dedicated to delivering an exceptional patient experience, Presence Saint Joseph is recognized as one of the best hospitals in Chicago by U.S. News & World Report.

Training the next generation of physicians and other health care providers, Presence Saint Joseph has 600 physicians in more than 50 specialties on its medical staff, many who are locally or nationally recognized for their clinical expertise, innovative programs and academics. More information is available at

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