Sometimes, the simple things make a big difference.
Robert Kotler, M.D., clinical instructor of head and neck surgery at UCLA, got the idea for the Kotler Nasal Airway device in 2007, while consulting with a 29-year-old man about rhinoplasty revision surgery. Dr. Kotler knew he could fix the man’s nose, but the patient seemed more concerned about the airway blockage secondary to the necessary internal nasal packing than about repairing the functional and cosmetic concerns from his previous surgery.
When Dr. Kotler told the man that he required packing, the would-be patient said he’d rather walk out of the office than endure blocked nose recovery again, according to Dr. Kotler.
Dr. Kotler’s experience is that, in addition to the appearance, there are two other concerns that keep people from having functional and cosmetic nasal surgery. One is post-surgical pain. The other: whether they’ll be able to breathe after surgery.
“The question, ‘How am I going to breathe?’ is an important issue because many patients have heard the horror stories about their friends’ operations and how their noses were stuffed and their ears were clogged, and they were miserable. … that includes patients who had no packing inserted,” Dr. Kotler says.
To address the breathing concern, Dr. Kotler launched his patented Kotler Nasal Airway device in 2012. Surgeons easily insert the airway device into the nose, postsurgery, to help patients breathe normally. The FDA-cleared device is applicable for nasal and sinus surgeries — functional and cosmetic — whether surgeons use packing or not. No sutures are needed. The device’s silicone, soft, nonstick tubes are well tolerated for up to six days post-surgery; then, painlessly removed at the post-op visit, according to company literature.