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A novel, conformable, rapidly setting nasal splint material: results of a prospective study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12633213     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine if a fiberglass splint material (3M Scotchcast, St Paul, Minn; Smith & Nephew, Inc, Charlotte, NC) serves as a better nasal cast than Aquaplast (Smith & Nephew, Inc) based on the criteria of total preparation time, ease of use, conformability, adhesion, and patient acceptability.
DESIGN: Prospective randomized comparison study with statistical analysis.
SETTING: University-based division of a facial plastic surgery private clinic.
PATIENTS: Sixteen consecutive patients desiring a functional and aesthetic improvement underwent open structure rhinoplasty with lateral osteotomies. No patients withdrew because of adverse effects.
INTERVENTION: Half of the patients were randomized to the study group (fiberglass splint material) and half to the control group (Aquaplast). Each patient was fitted with the appropriate casting material at the conclusion of the rhinoplasty procedure. Data were collected with respect to total preparation time, ease of use, conformability, and adhesion. Each patient was asked to evaluate the cast for level of comfort after 1 week.
RESULTS: There were no significant differences between study groups for adhesion (P =.18) and conformability (P =.35). Patient acceptability was good or excellent in both study groups. The fiberglass splint material was significantly easier to use (P<.001) and required less total preparation time (P<.001). The mean total preparation time for the Aquaplast and fiberglass splint materials were, respectively, 7 minutes 32 seconds and 2 minutes 37 seconds.
CONCLUSIONS: Compared with the commonly used nasal splinting material Aquaplast, fiberglass splint material is not significantly more adhesive, conformable, or comfortable for the patient. Fiberglass splint material is significantly easier to use and requires less total preparation time than Aquaplast. These differences may provide advantages in the immediate postoperative period and for the long-term success of rhinoplasty surgery.
Min S Ahn; Corey S Maas; Nathan Monhian
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of facial plastic surgery     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1521-2491     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Facial Plast Surg     Publication Date:    2003 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-13     Completed Date:  2003-06-19     Revised Date:  2012-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883500     Medline TA:  Arch Facial Plast Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  189-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, University of California at San Francisco, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Prospective Studies
Rhinoplasty / methods*

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