POST-OPERATIVE HEMORRHAGE IN SEPTOPLASTY WITH AND WITHOUT NASAL PACKING A COMPARATIVE STUDY AT OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF PNS SHIFA HOSPITAL, KARACHI
To compare the possibility of Post-operative hemorrhage in septoplasty with and without nasal packing among the patients operated at PNS SHIFA hospital Karachi
STUDY DESIGN: Comparative Study
SETTING: PNS SHIFA hospital Karachi
DURATION OF STUDY: Six months, 21-04-2019 to 20-10-2019
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ninety two patients who underwent septoplasty due to deviation of nasal septum at ENT department of PNS SHIFA were included in the analysis. Patients were randomly divided into two groups. Group one did not undergo nasal packing after the surgery and group two underwent nasal packing after the surgical procedure. Chi-square was used to see the difference in post-operative hemorrhage, headache, discomfort and septal perforation between the two groups.
Out of 92 patients included in the final analysis 61 were male and 31 were female. Pot operative bleeding was found in three patients in group one while thirteen patients in group two had bleeding after the procedure. With Pearson chi-square test, we found that post-operative bleeding, headache and discomfort was significantly more in the patients with nasal packing after the procedure of septoplasty due to deviated nasal septum.
Nasal packing emerged as a procedure linked with more complications rather than benefits among the patients undergoing septoplasty in our study. Not only post-operative hemorrhage but also headache and discomfort were more common among the patients with nasal packing as compared to those without nasal packing. Nasal packing after septoplasty should be discouraged without any obvious indication in the patients undergoing septoplasty.