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Is the location of a septal deviation associated with the degree of postoperative pain after septoplasty?

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October 25, 2016
by Gül Soylu Özler, MD

Abstract

The author conducted a prospective study of patients who underwent septoplasty for nasal obstruction secondary to a septal deviation to determine if the location of the deviation had any association with the degree of postoperative pain. Patients with an anteroposterior deviation were not included in this study, nor were patients with vasomotor rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyposis, turbinate pathologies, or a systemic disease; also excluded were patients who were taking any medication and those who had undergone any previous nasal surgery. The final study population included 140 patients, who were divided into two groups on the basis of the location of their deviation. A total of 64 patients (35 men and 29 women; mean age: 29.8 yr) had an anterior deviation, and 76 patients (35 men and 41 women; mean age: 30.3 yr) had a posterior deviation; there were no statistically significant differences between the two groups in terms of sex (p = 0.309) or age (p = 0.848). During the postoperative period, pain intensity in both groups was self-evaluated on a visual analog scale on days 1, 3, and 7 and again at 3 and 6 months. The mean postoperative pain scores on days 1, 3, and 7 were significantly higher in the posterior deviation group than in the anterior group; scores in the two groups were similar at 3 and 6 months.

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