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Septoplasty is a proven and effective procedure: an expert’s view of a burning issue

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Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Central Military Hospital ‘Dr. A. Mathijsen’, Utrecht, The Netherlands

B-ENT 2015; 11: 257-262
Read: 405 Downloads: 318 Published: 03 February 2020

Septoplasty is a proven and effective procedure: an expert’s view of a burning issue. Problem: The scientific research agenda of the Dutch Association of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery claims that there is a knowledge gap with regard to the efficacy of septoplasty for a blocked nose. This assertion is based on a restrictive approach to evidence-based medicine that could result in unnecessary trials and the abolition or rationing of sound treatment options.

Methodology: The arguments in favour of the effectiveness of septoplasty are based on the total spectrum of evidence from research, clinical experience and basic science.

Results: The best available evidence shows that this form of treatment is satisfactory for more than two thirds of all patients.

Conclusion: If all levels of evidence are taken into account, it becomes clear that there is no knowledge gap with regard to the efficacy of septoplasty for blocked nose.

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