Posisep Versus PureRegen Gel for Post ESS Nasal Packing – A Randomized Blinded Prospective Study

Itay Chen, Maru Gete, Jean Yves Sichel, Boaz Forer

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Abstract

Objective: Endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) is the procedure of choice for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). Adhesions are the most common postoperative complications, causing recurrent disease and revision surgery. Postoperative care is thus essential for the healing of the operated cavity. A wide variety of packing materials are used to prevent bleeding and adhesions postoperatively. Two main absorbable packing materials are used: Foam-based packs (e.g., Posisep and Nasopore) and gel-based packs (PureRegen Gel – PRG). The current study is a randomized, blinded, prospective analysis of cavity healing using Posisep and PRG in ESS, aiming to compare the pros and cons of the two. Methods: Patients with bilateral symmetric CRS were recruited for the study. At the end of surgery, one side was randomly packed with Posisep, whereas the other was packed with PRG. The postoperative cavity cleaning was video recorded and a blinded physician evaluated the mucosal healing. Results: The side packed with Posisep had significantly less middle turbinate (MT) lateralization and adhesions yet dissolved significantly slower than the PRG, causing more mucosal edema. Severe MT scarring requiring recurrent medialization and adhesiolysis was exclusively observed in the PRG group. All differences were observed in the early postoperative period (up to 12 weeks after surgery). By that time, only the MT position was significantly different between groups, despite recurrent adhesiolysis and medialization. Conclusion: The authors recommend using Posisep for MT support only when it is unstable or lateralized. Packing the surgical cavity in other cases with PRG is more beneficial. Level of Evidence: 2 Laryngoscope, 2022.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLaryngoscope
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • chronic rhinosinusitis
  • nasal surgical procedure
  • paranasal sinus disease
  • quality of life
  • respiratory mucosa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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