Original Article

Effects of Silicone Nasal Septal Splints and a Polyvinyl Alcohol Sponge After Septoplasty on Postoperative Pain and Pain During Pack Removal


  • Tolga ERSÖZLÜ
  • Adem ÇAKMAK

Received Date: 11.10.2016 Accepted Date: 16.01.2017 Bezmialem Science 2018;6(1):43-47


To compare silicone nasal septal splints with integral airway and a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) sponge after septoplasty in terms of patient comfort (both with the pack in place and during removal) and postoperative complications.


This study involved 169 patients who underwent septoplasty without additional nasal procedures due to nasal septal deviation. They were allocated into two groups. Group A comprised 90 patients who underwent septoplasty and who were packed with silicone nasal septal splints. Group B comprised 76 patients who underwent septoplasty and who were packed with a PVA sponge. They were removed on the second postoperative day. Patients were asked to record pain levels using a visual analog scale (VAS).


The patients in the groups had similar mean ages: 29.77 years (range, 19-74 years) and 23.77 years (range, 21–37 years) in Group A and Group B, respectively (p>0.05). VAS scores were significantly lower in Group A than in Group B at the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 8th, 12th, 24th, 48th, and 72nd postoperative hours (p<0.0001). There were significantly higher pain levels associated with PVA sponge pack removal than with silicone nasal septum splint removal (average pain scores: 3.57 vs. 1.99, respectively; p<0.05).


Intranasal septal splints with integral airway result in less postoperative pain during removal without increasing postoperative complications; thus, they can be used as an effective alternative to PVA sponge packing after septoplasty.

Keywords: Septal surgery, nasal pack, nasal pack removal, silicone nasal splint, polyvinyl alcohol sponge, pain