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Septoplasty as a day-case procedure – a two centre study

  • R. Benson-Mitchell (a1) (a2), G. Kenyon (a1) and D. Gatland (a2)


Day-stay surgery is an integral part of Otolaryngology. Many procedures which have traditionally been thought to require overnight stay can be carried out on a day care basis. We report our experience of treating 163 patients admitted for septal surgery as a day-case procedure. The paper summarizes the experience of two centres. One of these is a London Teaching Hospital, where surgery was performed through a dedicated day-case unit, and the other is a District General Hospital where patients were admitted to a day-case unit but had their surgery on a routine in-patient list.

As the result of this study we conclude that day-stay septoplasty is associated with a low complication rate and is a safe and acceptable procedure provided that strict selection criteria are followed. The cost implications are discussed.


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Address for correspondence: R. Benson-Mitchell, F.R.C.S., Otolaryngology Consultants of Memphis, PC 777 Washington Avenue, P240 Memphis, Tennessee 38105, USA.


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Septoplasty as a day-case procedure – a two centre study

  • R. Benson-Mitchell (a1) (a2), G. Kenyon (a1) and D. Gatland (a2)


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