Comparison of Piezosurgery and Hammer-Chisel in Endoscopic Dacryocystorhinostomy

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Background:In this study, we compared the advantages and disadvantages of piezosurgery and hammer-chisel used in endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (EDCR).Material and Methods:Between January 2012 and January 2016, 10 women and 8 men in whom piezosurgery was used (group 1) and 11 women and 7 men in whom hammer-chisel was used (group 2) during EDCR operations were compared retrospectively. Recurrence, operation time, postoperative bleeding, and operative cost were evaluated in patients who were followed for an average of 11.8 months. In addition, visual analogue scale (VAS) was used to assess pain at 6 hours postoperatively.Results:No recurrence was observed in group 1, but recurrence was observed in 2 patients in group 2 (P = 0.685). There was no postoperative bleeding in both groups. The mean duration of operation was 30.6 ± 8.2 minutes in group 1 and 46.8 ± 9.5 minutes in group 2 (P = 0.038). The VAS score in group 1 was 2.7 ± 1.4 and the VAS score in group 2 was 5.8 ± 2.2 (P = 0.01). Piezosurgery costs an additional $325 for each patient while the use of the hammer-chisel does not incur additional costs.Conclusion:Piezosurgery causes shorter operation time, less recurrence, and less pain when compared with hammer-chisel.

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