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Advances in endoscopic sinonasal and anterior skull base surgery

Darlene Lubbe, Patrick Semple, Johan J Fagan

Abstract


Endoscopic transnasal surgery is rapidly replacing more radical external ‘open’ procedures. At Groote Schuur Hospital we performed 94 advanced endoscopic sinonasal and anterior skull base procedures over a 2-year period. Most of the procedures would previously have been performed using large external incisions requiring more invasive surgery with significantly higher morbidity. Endoscopic surgery is more cost-effective by reducing duration of hospitalization, operating time and theatre consumables and by obviating the need for postoperative ICU admission.

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Darlene Lubbe,

Patrick Semple,

Johan J Fagan,

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Keywords

Endoscopic; Sinonasal; Skull base

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South African Medical Journal 2008;98(8):623.

Article History

Date submitted: 2007-05-11
Date published: 2008-08-04

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