Hemostasis is a critical point in endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. A variety of techniques are presently available for reducing intraoperative bleeding; however, several limitations of the classical instruments should be stated. For example, reaching bleeding points in an anatomically angled site with straightforward bipolar devices could be quite difficult. With the aim of solving this problem, we developed a simple system using a standard curved suction tube, a rubber catheter and a monopolar system. This device provides an integrated suction function and is able to reach all paranasal and skull base areas, making it extremely useful in gaining precise access to the site of bleeding while providing excellent endoscopic vision. The described monopolar suction tube has proven to be a valid instrument for intraoperative hemostasis in endoscopic procedures; moreover, it does not add any further cost, making it applicable in particular healthcare settings, such as those in developing countries.
- Endoscopic sinus surgery
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