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.
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