Nasal Surgery Improves Breathing

Correlation between subjective and objective results in nasal surgery

Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 02/05/2014


Murrell GL, et al. – The author presents his experience measuring nasal function subjectively and objectively before and after functional nasal surgery. The findings provide statistically significant evidence to support surgical treatment of nasal obstruction.


  • Between March 2011 and June 2012, a total of 119 consecutive patients with nasal obstruction underwent rhinoplasty with a variety of septorhinoplasty techniques.
  • Results were evaluated with a scientifically validated patient questionnaire as well as pre- and postoperative rhinomanometry measurement comparisons.
  • Preoperative and postoperative rhinomanometry measurements were standard protocol, and the rhinomanometry measurements were designed as a prospective study.



  • Ninety of the 119 patients had postoperative rhinomanometry measurements that could be compared with preoperative values, and these patients were included in the study.
  • Statistically significant subjective and objective functional improvements were reported in 98.9% and 95.6% of patients, respectively, while 94.4% of patients had both subjective and objective statistically significant functional improvement.
  • A statistically significant correlation between the subjective and objective improvements was noted.