Osteoplastic Flap Without Obliteration: How I Do It

Academic Article


  • Background: The osteoplastic flap provides access to pathology of the frontal sinus and is often performed with obliteration, which can result in significant long-term complications. Objective: To describe the authors’ approach to osteoplastic flap without obliteration. Methods: Descriptive analysis. Results: Osteoplastic flap without obliteration preserves frontal sinus function while permitting direct access to the frontal sinus. In this study, we demonstrate a combined nonobliterated approach, accessing the frontal sinus with a Draf III approach to remove a large frontal sinus osteoma. Conclusion: The approach provides excellent exposure for large tumors not otherwise accessible via purely endoscopic procedures, permits improved surveillance, and minimizes long-term complications of obliterated sinuses.
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    Author List

  • Banks CG; Garcia JAP; Grayson J; Yeon Cho D; Woodworth BA
  • Start Page

  • 346
  • End Page

  • 349
  • Volume

  • 32
  • Issue

  • 5