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Safety of tympanoplasty and ossiculoplasty performed by otorhinolaryngology trainees

  • F Alzhrani (a1), R Aldueb (a2), K Alosaimi (a3), T Islam (a4), F Almuhawas (a1) and A Alsanosi (a1)...

Abstract

Objective

This study aimed to examine the impact of trainee involvement in performing tympanoplasty or tympano-ossiculoplasty on outcomes.

Methods

A retrospective analysis was performed of a prospective database of all patients undergoing tympanoplasty and tympano-ossiculoplasty in a single centre during a three-year period. Patients were divided into three primary surgeon groups: consultants, fellows and residents. The outcomes of operative time, surgical complications, length of hospital stay, and air–bone gap improvement were compared among the groups.

Results

The study included 398 tympanoplasty and tympano-ossiculoplasty surgical procedures, 71 per cent of which were performed by junior trainees (residents). The junior trainee group was associated with a significantly longer surgical time, without adverse impact on outcomes.

Conclusion

Trainee participation in tympanoplasty and tympano-ossiculoplasty surgery was associated with longer surgical time, but did not negatively affect the peri-operative course or hearing outcome. Therefore, resident involvement in these types of surgery is safe.

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Corresponding author

Author for correspondence: Dr Farid Alzhrani, King Abdullah Ear Specialist Center, College of Medicine, King Saud University, PO Box 245, Riyadh11411, Saudi Arabia E-mail: faalzhrani@ksu.edu.sa Fax: +966 11 477 5524

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Dr F Alzhrani takes responsibility for the integrity of the content of the paper

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Safety of tympanoplasty and ossiculoplasty performed by otorhinolaryngology trainees

  • F Alzhrani (a1), R Aldueb (a2), K Alosaimi (a3), T Islam (a4), F Almuhawas (a1) and A Alsanosi (a1)...

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