The importance of postoperative care after functional endoscopic sinus surgery
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Introduction. In this work we wish to emphasize the importance of postoperative care of patients who underwent FESS in ENT Department Medical University in Poznań. We feel that too little attention is still being paid to this treatment as we mostly focus on surgery. Material and methods. Our observation are based on nine year experience in functional endoscopic sinus surgery. The analysis covers patients hospitalized in our Department from January 1998 to August 2007. The schedule of postoperative care has been presented. Results. 1463 FESS operation were carried out in our Department from January 1998 to August 2007. Similar postoperative procedures were used with each patient. Full recovery of mucous membrane depended on a few parameters such as: if the patient underwent FESS for the fi rst time, what kind of changes were observed: polips or chronic infection, as well as the method of surgery (“aggressive” versus “delicate”). Healing time ranged from 6 week to 3 month. Conclusions. The scheme of procedures employed comes useful in postoperative treatment after FESS.
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