Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2018 Mar;61(3):139-142. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2017.00780.

Bone Anchoring for the Correction of Posterior Nasal Septum

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. profsookim@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
Various techniques have been reported for the correction of deviated nasal septum, most of them for caudal septal cartilage. For deviated posterior septal cartilage, the typical method of the day is the resection of deviated portion. However, we developed a bone anchoring technique that conservatively corrects deviated posterior septal cartilage. The aim of the current study is to determine the efficacy of this bone anchoring technique. SUBJECTS AND METHOD: The patients who had undergone septoplasty using bone anchoring technique by a single surgeon (J.S.K) between October 2015 and June 2016 were enrolled in this study. The result of the surgery was evaluated using a visual analogue scale (VAS, ranged 0- 10) for nasal obstruction, acoustic rhinometry, and assessment of surgeon.
RESULTS
A total of 44 patients were included in this study. The VAS of nasal obstruction was significantly decreased after surgery from 7.5±1.7 to 2.4±1.4. In acoustic rhinometry, minimal cross-sectional area and volume were increased after surgery from 0.35±0.18 to 0.52±1.40 cm2 and from 3.6±1.1 to 5.8±1.5 cm3, respectively. Most of the deviated septum was well corrected, and complication or recurrence did not developed.
CONCLUSION
Bone anchoring technique is easy to perform. It enables the preservation of septal cartilage, which is useful in revision septoplasty or rhinoplasty. We conclude that this technique is a good method for the correction of deviated posterior septal cartilage.

Keyword

Cartilage; Nasal septum; Reconstructive surgical procedures; Surgery
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