European archives of oto-rhino-laryngology : official journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) : affiliated with the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol.270, no.1, pp.99-106, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded)
The aim of functional septorhinoplasty is to create an esthetically elegant nose and harmony in the face by preserving nasal function as well as maintaining or restoring adequate airway. Since nasal complaints are usually subjective, it may be difficult to evaluate the functions objectively. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the alterations in nasal function associated with septorhinoplasty by using both objective and subjective methods. The study population consisted of 40 patients who underwent septorhinoplasty and 40 healthy controls. Before and after the operation, visual analog scale, acoustic rhinometry, rhinomanometry, and Odiosoft-Rhino test were applied to all patients and controls. There were significant differences in all parameters both before and after the operation. While a significant difference was obtained between the patient and control groups in terms of preoperative values, no significant difference was found between postoperative values of these groups. Both objective and subjective methods are important in evaluations.