Application of Ultrasonic Aspirators in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery

Dominic Vernon, Brian C. Lobo, Jonathan Y. Ting

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Ultrasonic aspirators (UAs) are increasingly being used in rhinology and skull base surgery. The use of ultrasonic vibration for the removal of bony tissue transfers minimal heat to surrounding tissues and is relatively atraumatic to nearby soft tissue structures. This article details the development and application of this technology in septoturbinoplasty, endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR), and skull base surgery. The benefits and limitations of UAs compared with conventionally powered instruments are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-616
Number of pages10
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Endoscopic DCR
  • Piezosurgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Turbinoplasty
  • Ultrasonic aspirator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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