Abstract
SUBMUCOSAL DIATHERMY VERSUS BIPOLAR SURFACE CAUTERY FOR HYPERTROPHIED INFERIOR TURBINATE, COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

Khaldoun Al-Shogran*, Nabeela Tawalbeh, Fatin Bani Ata, Tha'er Qaralleh and Ayat Khasawneh

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Objective: To evaluate and compare outcome of submucosal diathermy versus bipolar surface cautery for hypertrophy of the inferior turbinate. Methods: Retrospective analysis of 123 patient who underwent turbinate surgery, patients were divided into two groups, group A patients who underwent bipolar surface cautery and group B, patients who underwent Submucosal diathermy. Data analysis done; comparing nasal obstruction, crust formation, adhesions and nasal bleeding. Visual analogue score was used in symptoms analysis. Results: Both groups were comparable with regards to nasal obstruction, adhesion formation and incidence of nasal bleeding, crust formation was more in group A at four weeks, but it was comparable at eight weeks. None of study groups developed serious complications after both procedures. Conclusion: Bipolar surface cautery of the inferior turbinate is as effective and safe as submucosal diathermy in patients followed up for 1 year.

Keywords: inferior turbinate, nasal obstruction, submucosal diathermy, surface cautery.


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