Partial endoscopic middle turbinectomy augmenting functional endoscopic sinus surgery

W R LaMear, W E Davis, J W Templer, J P McKinsey, H Del Porto
Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery 1992, 107 (3): 382-9
Endoscopic sinus surgery has gained acceptance in the otolaryngologic community as an effective and safe method of treating inflammatory disease of the paranasal sinuses. At our institution, partial endoscopic middle turbinectomy has become a standard component of the procedure and our experience is reported. Middle turbinectomy enhances surgical exposure, specific anatomic anomalies are more completely corrected, and subpopulations of patients at risk for failure because of their underlying disease enjoy decreased rates of synechiae formation and closure of the middle meatus antrostomy when followed over time. Photodocumentation of the surgical technique and a discussion regarding the impact of middle turbinectomy on normal nasal physiology are presented. It is reported that the procedure is safe, and no complications directly attributable to middle turbinectomy (including atrophic rhinitis) are reported in a series of 298 patients.

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