Purpose Functional and aesthetic results after septorhinoplasty (SRP) are often not clearly demonstrated. There is still an open topic in the literature about analysis of aesthetic, functional results and patients’ satisfaction after SRP. The aim of our study is to determine patients’ satisfaction after SRP and concomitant radiofrequency of the inferior turbinate (RF) regarding nose appearance and improvement of symptoms, using patient reported outcome measures (PROMs). Methods ROE questionnaire and the NOSE scale were used for a retrospective evaluation to assess patient’s satisfaction in 369 patients undergoing SRP surgery from 2003 to 2016. Two additional questions were asked to confirm satisfaction following surgery. Results 258 patients completed the questionnaires (71.7%). The global average ROE score was 18.14 (75.6%). The percentage of satisfaction of aesthetic result was 87.3%, in particular 10.5% were very happy, 57% very much satisfied and 19.8% moderately satisfied. The global post-operative average NOSE score was 13.1 with the resolution of nasal obstruction in 72.1% cases and a marked improvement in 9.3%. The results of the two additional questions showed that 81% of patients would undergo the procedure again if required and 72.1% of patients were globally satisfied. Conclusions Our study demonstrates the utility of PROMs in evaluating aesthetic and functional results after SRP and simultaneous RF. In our series, the patients undergoing SRP and RF are generally satisfied by the functional and aesthetic results. This kind of assessments should be the most common post-operative evaluation methods in this surgery.
- Nose scale
- ROE questionnaire