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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 63-68

Effectiveness of isolated septal surgeries in nasal septal deviations: A prospective study with reference to the nasal obstruction symptom evaluation scale

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Meenakshi Medical College and Hospital, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saai Ram Thejas
Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Meenakshi Medical College and Hospital, Karaipettai Post, Enathur, Kanchipuram - 631 552, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aiao.aiao_14_19

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Introduction: Nasal septal deviation is a common diagnosis made by an otorhinolaryngologist, and septoplasty or submucous resection is among the most common daycare procedures practiced in the clinic. Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess clinically if at all, there is any change in the symptoms of a person post an isolated septal surgery without dealing with the external contour and cosmetic appeal. Materials and Methods: One hundred patients with complaints of nasal obstruction, trouble breathing through the nose, and headache were selected for the study. The initial preoperative assessment was done based on a symptomatic score (Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation Scale [NOSE]). The presence of a septal deviation (cartilaginous or bony) was confirmed with a computed tomography of the paranasal sinuses and a diagnostic nasal endoscopy. Surgery was then performed to correct the pathology based on the location of the deviation. The postoperative assessment was done after 12 weeks based on the NOSE Scale. The results were analyzed and documented. Observations and Results: It was found that the symptomatic picture was better post surgery. Conclusion: The conclusion obtained from the study was that septoplasty and submucous resection as isolated surgical procedures are still relevant in today's world for symptomatic betterment and a healthier lifestyle.

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