Does septoplasty combined with ambulatory oropharyngeal surgery increase postoperative complications?
Background: Septoplasty, tonsillectomy, and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) are three of the most common surgical procedures performed by otolaryngologists in the United States. Septoplasty is also commonly performed concurrently with oropharyngeal surgery (tonsillectomy and UPPP), however, thanks to increasing awareness that oropharyngeal surgery can improve obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) symptoms, evidence that patients with OSA and nasal obstruction have improved metrics following septoplasty, and requirements for more efficient, cost-effective care.
Explore this issue:December 2015
Study design: Cross-sectional database analysis of 26,280 tonsillectomies alone versus 1,002 tonsillectomies plus septoplasty from 2010-2011.
Setting: State ambulatory surgery databases for New York, Florida, Iowa, and California.