Alternatives to Packing in Septorhinoplasty

David Reiter, Eugene Alford, Zaven Jabourian

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Nasal packing is considered routine by most physicians and patients at the completion of nasal and septal surgery. Yet the rationale for this maneuver is not clearly defined by reported investigation or logical analysis. We discuss 75 consecutive nasal surgical procedures completed without packing. There were two postoperative episodes of bleeding, both from pyriform aperture incisions for lateral osteotomy and both managed in the recovery room with an absorbable gelatin sponge. Technical refinements such as scrupulous preoperative history taking, through-and-through suturing of the entire septal flaps, small-caliber osteotomy, meticulous closure of all intranasal incisions, and proper application of a conforming dressing are essential for hemostasis. We offer specific procedural guidance to minimize the risk of postoperative nasal bleeding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1203-1205
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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