Objective: Patients’ perceptions of recovery following sinus
augmentation procedures have scarcely been documented.
The aim of the present prospective pilot clinical study was to
evaluate the patient’s perception of immediate postoperative
recovery after sinus augmentation, using a minimally invasive
implant device. Method and Materials: Eighteen patients (8
men, 10 women), average age 52 (median 48, range 38 to 72),
who had been scheduled for sinus augmentation procedures,
were asked to enroll in a prospective clinical study. A healthrelated
quality-of-life questionnaire was given to the patient.
The questionnaire was designed to assess patient’s perception
of recovery in four main areas: pain, oral function, general
activity, and other symptoms. The questionnaire was compared
to the surgical chart that described the surgical details
and to the outcome. Results: Patients’ perceptions of postoperative
symptoms in the four tested areas: pain, oral function,
general activity, and other symptoms were mostly scored “not
at all” or “very little” from postoperative day (POD) 1. Most
patients returned to work on POD 1. Conclusion: The current
results offer a preliminary indication that patients undergoing
sinus augmentation using a minimally invasive implant device
can expect to experience minimum discomfort and immediate
return to everyday activity.
Key words: bone augmentation, minimally invasive, quality of life, sinus floor elevation procedure, sinus lift