Postoperative Pain Following Coblation of Sinonasal Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasias

Kristen Kraimer, Brian Scott, Nyssa Farrell, Mathew Geltzeiler, Timothy Smith, Kara Detwiller

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Background: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a rare, autosomal dominant disease and epistaxis is the most common symptom. This can be treated conservatively but severe cases may require operative interventions. Endoscopic endonasal coblation of HHT lesions has been used successfully but postoperative pain management has not been well described. Objectives: This study aimed to assess levels of postoperative pain and opioid use among patients with HHT who underwent coblation of sinonasal lesions. Methods: This is a longitudinal, prospective cohort study of adult patients undergoing endoscopic endonasal coblation for treatment of HHT lesions with or without bevacizumab injection between November 2019 and March 2020 at a single academic university hospital. Patients were given preoperative questionnaires and contacted via telephone 48 hours after surgery. If they reported using opioids for pain control, they were called every 2 days until they no longer used these medications. Results: Fourteen cases, including 13 unique patients, were included in this study. Opioids were ordered on discharge in 4 cases and the average morphine milligram equivalent prescribed on discharge was 41. The median pain score on postoperative day (POD) 2 was 4 of 10. Twelve patients reported using acetaminophen and 4 were using opioid pain medications. Of those using opioid pain medications, only 1 patient was using opioid pain medication by POD 4 and denied any use after POD 10. Conclusion: This study is the first to analyze postoperative pain management and opioid prescribing patterns in HHT patients undergoing endonasal coblation of telangiectasias. Postoperative pain was mild to moderate and most patients stopped using opioid medications by POD 4, although the majority of patients solely used acetaminophen. Future studies with increased sample size will be useful to further identify predictors of need for analgesics postoperatively and other non-opioid adjuncts for pain control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-62
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024


  • endonasal coblation
  • epistaxis
  • hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasias
  • opioid use
  • postoperative narcotics
  • postoperative pain
  • sinonasal telangiectasias


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