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November 1966

The Foley Catheter in Facial Plastic Surgery

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From St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Plastic-Reconstructive and Burn Center, 900 Hyde St, San Francisco 94109.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;84(5):518-519. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760030520010

POSTNASAL bleeding following disease, trauma, or postnasal surgical procedures is a most distressing, alarming complication for the patient and a disturbing one for the surgeon. For many years the postnasal gauze pack has been the standard appliance used to control excessive bleeding or oozing from the postnasal area. Clinically now, and for many years, we find that this gauze pack is still rather routinely used in certain postnasal problems.

In our opinion, the postnasal gauze pack has long since served its useful purpose; it is painful and archaic and should be discarded for a more efficient tool. Its continued use instead of a more efficient, easily applied, adaptable, and less painful instrument may be due to the lack of proper publicity regarding replacements. Since the advent of the Foley urethral catheter many years ago, our adaptation of the intranasal use of this catheter has proved to be a most efficacious

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