Evaluation of Nasal Obstruction Following Septoturbinoplasty Using the VAS and NOSE Scale

Document Type : Original


1 Catholic University of Saint Anthony (Spain)

2 Department of Ear, Nose and Throat. Hospital Rafael Méndez, Lorca, Spain.



Patient satisfaction with septoturbinoplasty was measured using the subjective visual analogue scale (VAS) and Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation (NOSE) scale. In addition, those factors that impacted satisfaction were confirmed.
Materials and Methods:
We conducted an observational study of patients who underwent septoturbinoplasty. Age, sex, smoking habit, duration of improvement, postoperative complications, type of packing and surgeon were analysed. The results were compared using the VAS and NOSE scale.
The improvement experienced with surgery corresponded to 69.80±26.97 points on the VAS 42.65±22.9 points (p <0.01) on the NOSE scale. A strong, direct correlation between the two scales (r = 0.79; p <0.01) was achieved. Surgeon, presence of complications, smoking habit and type of packing were not associated with the improvement experienced on the VAS or NOSE scale. Patients under 30 years of age and patients with permanent improvement achieved higher levels of satisfaction on both scales (p <0.01). Women showed a stronger tendency to perceive their improvement as temporary (p <0.01).
Patients who underwent septoturbinoplasty experienced a subjectively measured improvement in nasal obstruction. The VAS and the NOSE scale were strongly correlated with one another. Sex, age and duration of improvement (temporary versus permanent) impacted patient perception; surgeon, smoking habit and type of packing did not.


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