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Piezoelectric Drilling Hole Technique in Septal Fixation

Demirbilek, Nevzat MD*; Evren, Cenk MD*; Çelik, Mustafa MD

doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000005389
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Objectives: The act of securing the septum to the midline is very important for the success of the operation during septoplasty and septorhinoplasty operations. The authors’ aim in this study is to open a hole in the anterior nasal spine with the Piezoelectric drilling hole technique so as to fix the septum to the midline with a suture passing through that hole.

Methods: Patients with anterior segmental deviation on whom we performed septoplasty or closed technique septorhinoplasty were included in the study. The patients were divided into 2 groups, as the Classic and Piezo Groups. A total of 63 patients were included in the study; in the Classic Group, we performed septum fixation with suture of the nasal spine to the mucoperiosteum in 27 patients; whereas in the Piezo Group, fixation was performed on 36 patients using the piezo-surgical suture through a nasal spinal opening. Patients were assessed preoperatively and postoperatively by VAS and NOSE scores, and also by postoperative examinations.

Results: Preoperative and postoperative VAS-NOSE scores were found to be statistically significantly different in both groups (P < 0.0001, P < 0.0001). Redeviation with no need for revision surgery was reported to develop in 1 patient of the classical group (3.7%).

Conclusion: Piezoelectric drilling hole technique provides stronger fixation in the midline and prevents postoperative redeviation. Its most important superiority over the other methods used in fixing the septum to the nasal spine is its ability to provide adequate stabilization without damaging soft tissue.

*Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Medilife Beylikduzu Hospital, Istanbul

Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Mustafa Çelik, MD, Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Kafkas University, 36100 Kars, Turkey; E-mail:

Received 16 October, 2018

Accepted 11 January, 2019

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2019 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.