Transeptal suturing - a cost-efficient alternative for nasal packing in septal surgery

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Introduction: Nasal packing is routinely used in septal surgery to prevent postoperative bleeding. Objective: To demonstrate the possibility of transeptal suture as a safe and effective way to avoid nasal packing and to improve efficiency. Methods: This is a prospective, descriptive, inferential cost study comprising 92 patients. Two randomized groups of patients were analyzed, one with nasal packing and the other with transeptal suture. Results: In the group of transeptal suture no patient experienced postoperative bleeding, and a statistically significant reduction of pain and headache was demonstrated. At the same time, we improved efficiency by saving on material costs. Conclusions: Transeptal suture is an effective and safe alternative to classic nasal packing in septal surgery. Moreover, it improves the efficiency of the intervention by saving costs.

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Plasencia, D. P., Falcón, J. C., Barreiro, S. B., Bocanegra-Pérez, M. S., Barrero, M. V., & Macías, Á. R. (2016). Transeptal suturing - a cost-efficient alternative for nasal packing in septal surgery. Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, 82(3), 310–313. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjorl.2015.05.016

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