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J Otolaryngol. 1992 Apr;21(2):88-91.

The efficacy of nasal septal surgery.

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Division of Otolaryngology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


Nasal septal deformity is a frequent clinical entity, and septoplasty comprises one of the most common procedures performed by otolaryngologists today. Its efficacy seems intuitive, however the literature reveals relatively few papers confirming its utility. In this study, all patients undergoing septal reconstruction (excluding septorhinoplasty) at three major teaching hospitals in Vancouver during the years 1988 to 1990 were reviewed retrospectively in a two-pronged study. Information was collected concerning symptoms, physical findings and surgical technique. In the second phase, patients were contacted by telephone in a blinded fashion. Data was collected concerning patient satisfaction regarding various parameters including initial and ultimate symptom resolution, acceptance of nasal packing and postoperative complications. The following conclusions may be drawn: 1) Septoplasty was successful in relieving nasal obstruction in 70.5% of patients. 2) Turbinate surgery including outfracturing appears to significantly improve the outcome of surgery. 3) Rhinitis, including allergy, congestion, postnasal drip and rhinorrhea did not significantly affect success in relieving nasal obstruction. 4) Nasal packing did not significantly affect the outcome, but was the most frequently complained of aspect of the surgery. Therefore, we do not feel nasal packing is necessary.

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