Powered instrumentation in functional endoscopic sinus surgery. II: A comparative study

J H Krouse, D A Christmas
Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal 1996, 75 (1): 42-4
The present paper compares the use of the microdebrider as a form of powered instrumentation for endoscopic sinus surgery with traditional endoscopic surgical techniques. A group of 250 patients undergoing surgery with the microdebrider was compared with a group of 225 patients undergoing traditional procedures in order to evaluate their postoperative recovery, healing, and incidence of complications. The use of the microdebrider demonstrated faster healing with less crusting than standard techniques, as well as decreased bleeding, synechia formation, lateralization of the middle turbinate, and ostial reocclusion. The microdebrider offers excellent surgical results with fewer complications and faster healing than traditional techniques in functional endoscopic sinus surgery.

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