Purpose: To assess the frequency of simultaneous nasal procedures in powered endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy performed by oculoplastic surgeons.
Design of study: Retrospective, multicenter study.
Methods: Demographic, clinical, and surgical data of consecutive endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy cases at 3 oculoplastic centers, over periods of 6, 4, and 2.2 years, respectively, were reviewed. The rates of simultaneous nasal procedures (septoplasty, turbinectomy, and polypectomy) were studied. Complication rates in the patients who had simultaneous endonasal procedures were analyzed.
Results: Five hundred seventy-six cases (mean age: 63.2 years [16.2-94 years], women: 67.3%). Of the total cohort of patients, 14.1% required a simultaneous endonasal procedure during endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy, 11.9% (range among surgeons: 5.2%-15%) required septoplasty, 1.5% required middle turbinate surgery, and 0.34% required polypectomy. Of the 81 patients with concomitant procedures, 1 had postoperative epistaxis, and 1 had an asymptomatic septal adhesion. The anatomical and functional success rates for the entire cohort were 95.6% and 87.8%, respectively.
Conclusions: A significant proportion of patients undergoing endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy may require concomitant endonasal procedures. Hence, endonasal lacrimal surgeons using techniques that aim to marsupialize the entire lacrimal sac may benefit from expertize in the management of concomitant nasal pathologic study.