Journal article

A comparison of external and endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy in regard to patient satisfaction and cost.

Belinda W Hii, Alan A McNab, Justin D Friebel

Orbit | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Definitive treatment of nasolacrimal duct obstruction is with external or endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). Recent trials suggest surgical equivalency between techniques. We sought to compare alternative outcomes of DCR techniques in terms of quality of life and cost. METHODS: This study was a multicentre prospective nonrandomized case series comparing adult patients treated with external or endonasal DCR. Groups were allocated according to DCR technique. Participation did not affect treatment choice. The Glasgow Benefit Inventory (GBI) was utilized to compare postoperative quality of life, and an activity-based costing (ABC) method used to estimate costs of the two techniqu..

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