Use of a crossing suture to correct caudal septal deviations

Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2019 Aug;9(8):939-943. doi: 10.1002/alr.22347. Epub 2019 May 11.


Background: Septoplasty usefully treats patients with nasal obstructions caused by septal deviations. However, correction of a caudal septal deviation remains surgically challenging; no standard procedure is available, although various procedures have been introduced. In this work we propose a simple, safe, and time-saving technique for patients with caudal septal deviations.

Methods: The medical records of 50 patients with caudal septal deviations who underwent septoplasty using a crossing-suture technique from October 2016 to October 2018 were retrospectively reviewed. Postoperative nasal obstruction status and patient satisfaction with their surgical outcomes were subjectively evaluated using the Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation (NOSE) score and telephone interview, respectively. Pre- and postoperative endoscopic findings were evaluated and postoperative complications developing during follow-up were recorded.

Results: The NOSE scores of all patients improved after septoplasty. The mean score fell from 13.46 to 3.97, and this change was significant (p < 0.0001). No complication related to use of the crossing suture was encountered.

Conclusion: The crossing-suture technique is a simple, safe, and useful surgical option for correction of caudal septal deviations.

Keywords: endoscopic sinus surgery; endoscopy; nasal disorder; nasal septum; surgical procedure.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nasal Septum / surgery*
  • Nasal Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Nose Deformities, Acquired / surgery*
  • Suture Techniques*
  • Sutures
  • Young Adult