J Rhinol.  2006 May;13(1):18-21.

Anchoring Suture for Correction of Septal Deviation

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. sookim@knu.ac.kr

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Septoplasty is often dismissed as a simple procedure and this can lead to unsatisfactory results. Although multiple techniques of septal surgery have been performed, approximately 20 to 30% of patients find their symptoms are not corrected adequately. Causes of failure may be found in the inherent memory of that cartilage possesses or in the requirement to end septal correction surgery when support of nose is at risk for compromise. The purpose of this study was to introduce and evaluate the efficacy of an anchoring suture-a new technique for correction of septal deviation.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
We studied 40 patients who underwent septoplasty with anchoring suture between October 2003 and December 2004. All patients completed their symptom, discomfort score on visual analogue scale (VAS) and acoustic rhinometry was performed before and 2 months after septoplasty with anchoring suture. Data was analyzed by paired t-test.
RESULTS
Patients symptom and discomfort score were decreased and acoustic rhinometry parameters were increased significantly. There was no complication reported.
CONCLUSION
Anchoring suture is simple, safe and attractive method for correction of septal deviation and some aspects do require further investigation.

Keyword

Nasal septum; Surgical procedures; Suture techniques
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