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Keywords:

  • Septoplasty;
  • revision;
  • outcomes

Objectives/Hypothesis

1) Study outcomes of revision septoplasty using a validated disease-specific questionnaire and a patient satisfaction survey; 2) assess the effect of surgery on the use of medication to treat nasal congestion; and 3) report on sites of persistent septal deviation identified at revision septoplasty.

Study Design

Prospective, single-center outcome study of patients with symptomatic nasal obstruction and persisting septal deviation despite prior septal surgery.

Methods

The Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation (NOSE) scale was administered preoperatively and at 3 and 6 months following revision surgery. Patients were also questioned regarding ease of breathing and medication use preoperatively and postoperatively, as well as satisfaction with the surgical outcome. Anatomic site(s) of residual septal deviation were recorded intraoperatively.

Results

Thirty-nine patients completed the study. Mean NOSE scores decreased significantly from 75.9 preoperatively to 14.9 3 months after revision surgery. Mean Ease-of-Breathing scores over this interval improved from 3/10 preoperatively to 8.5/10. Both results were sustained at 6 months (P <0.0001). Patient satisfaction was very high, and many patients required less medication to treat symptoms of nasal congestion postoperatively. Deviations persisting from prior surgery most commonly involved the dorsal or caudal septum.

Conclusion

In patients who experience ongoing nasal obstruction with a persistent septal deviation despite prior septoplasty, revision surgery significantly improves disease-specific quality of life, results in high patient satisfaction, and may diminish the need for nasal medications postoperatively. Caudal or dorsal deflections may be more difficult to correct, leading to the need for revision surgery.

Level of Evidence

2C Laryngoscope, 124:1290–1295, 2014