Middle meatal spacers are used by many sinus surgeons to aid postoperative care. Aspiration of a spacer is a concern. We demonstrate a novel method of securing spacers with a transseptal suture to prevent aspiration. We fashion each spacer from a powder-free, nonlatex glove finger that is packed with a Merocel sponge. The open end of the finger is closed with 2-0 Prolene sutures. For a bilateral procedure, the needle is left attached to one of the spacers. A spacer is placed in each ethmoid cavity, the attached needle is passed through the anterior cartilaginous septum, and the suture is tied to the suture on the opposite spacer. For unilateral procedures, the suture on the single spacer is passed to the contralateral side and tied on itself. One week later, the transseptal suture is cut and the spacers are removed. We performed this procedure on 78 patients who had undergone total ethmoidectomy. None of the spacers migrated during the 1 week they were in place. One patient complained of pain during removal of a spacer. During follow-up of 2 to 10 months, we found no evidence of injury to the septum at the site of the transseptal suture. We conclude that the transseptal suture is a safe and cosmetically superior method of securing middle meatal spacers.
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