Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2012 Sep;55(9):559-564. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2012.55.9.559.

Retrospective Analysis of Endoscopic Septoplasty

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Busan St. Mary's Hospital, Busan, Korea. koosookweon@naver.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
We reviewed retrospective data of patients who underwent endoscopic septoplasty over 5 years and provide clinical information about endoscopic septoplasty. SUBJECTS AND METHOD: The medical records of patients who underwent endoscopic septoplasty were reviewed retrospectively for clinical symptoms, surgical methods, intraoperative technique, operation time, postoperative complications and results.
RESULTS
Nasal obstruction was the most common presenting symptom. Among patients, endoscopic septoplasty alone was performed in 290 cases. Among 290 cases, 57 cases were of broad based septal defection, 13 cases septal deflection with septal spur, 16 cases isolated septal spur and 4 cases limited posterior septal deflection. The mean operation time was 32.48+/-2.76 minutes. No major complication occurred in the immediate postoperative period. Minor complications included septal hematoma (3.79%) and postoperative hemorrhage (1.03%). Sixty-five patients received statistically validated measures of Visual Analog Scale (VAS) at 1 month and 6 months after surgery. VAS score decreased statistically from 7.75 to 0.81 at 6 mon-ths after operation (p<0.05).
CONCLUSION
Endoscopic septoplasty is a relatively safe and effective technique used to treat various types of septal pathology such as classical septal deviation, septal spur and isolated septal deflection. Endoscopy with video imaging system is valuable for education.

Keyword

Endoscopes; Nasal septum; Surgery
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