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International Journal of Otolaryngology
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 2379536, 6 pages
Research Article

Age and Unplanned Postoperative Visits Predict Outcome after Septoplasty: A National Swedish Register Study

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
2Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Skane University Hospital, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Correspondence should be addressed to Lars Pedersen

Received 17 September 2017; Revised 23 November 2017; Accepted 7 December 2017; Published 2 January 2018

Academic Editor: Gerd J. Ridder

Copyright © 2018 Lars Pedersen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To study predictors of symptom relief six months after septoplasty using data from the Swedish National Septoplasty Register. Participants. This is a retrospective register study of adult patients undergoing septoplasty in Sweden in 2003–2012. Outcome. Relief of nasal symptoms was analysed in relation to age, gender, size of hospital performing the surgery, addition of turbinoplasty, and unplanned postoperative visits to the hospital due to pain, bleeding, or infection. Results. In all, 76% of the patients () rated their symptoms as “almost gone” or “gone” six months after septoplasty. With every 10-year increase in the age of the patients, the OR was 1.19, 95% CI 1.15–1.23, for a better result and 1.54, 95% CI 1.38–1.71, if the septoplasty was performed at a county hospital versus a university hospital. If there was no unplanned postoperative visit due to pain, bleeding, or infection, the OR for a better result was 1.6, 95% CI 1.39–1.85. Conclusion. In this large national cohort of septoplasties, most of the patients felt that their symptoms had gone or almost gone six months after septoplasty. Higher age, surgery at smaller hospitals, and no unplanned visits to the hospital postoperatively predicted a better outcome.