Otolaryngological indicator operations: one year's experience.


One year's experience of otolaryngological indicator operations is presented. Of 59 myringoplasties, 47 (79%) were successful; trainees performed 44 (74%) of the procedures. Seventy patients undergoing septal surgery reported significant improvements in nasal obstruction (P < 0.001), catarrh and facial pain (P < 0.005). Seventeen laryngectomies were performed for stage III and IV disease. The median operative time of 3.1 h rose to 5.1 h with a concomitant neck dissection. Eleven complications ensued, and the median stay for an uncomplicated laryngectomy was 16 days and 30 days following complications. Forty-one parotidectomies, 19 submandibular gland excisions and 10 ductal procedures were performed with 5 wound complications and 5 minor temporary facial nerve weaknesses. We have established a baseline for comparison of our practice with others and concluded that septal surgery gives good symptomatic relief, trainees perform reasonable numbers of myringoplasties, and improvements remain to be made in our outpatient septal surgery data collection.

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@article{Denholm1993OtolaryngologicalIO, title={Otolaryngological indicator operations: one year's experience.}, author={S. Denholm and David W Sim and Robert J Sanderson and Rodney E. Mountain and Johannes L. Marais and Arnold G. D. Maran}, journal={Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh}, year={1993}, volume={38 1}, pages={1-3} }