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The septum is not usually completely mobilized during the surgery. If you can imagine the L, think of the two ends of the L still firmly attached to the nasal bones and the nasal spine.
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Movement of Septum after Harvesting Cartilage Grafts
The septum is not necessarily mobilized when grafts are harvested. If it is moved it can be fixed by placing a suture attaching it to the nasal spine. It is also connected to the nasal bones, and the upper lateral and tip cartilages.
When performing a septoplasty in our practice, we rarely remove any cartilage since majority of obstructions are usually bone, and that portion is removed in the back of the nose. When performing a cartilage harvesting for rhinoplasty procedure, we also try to remove the most inferior portion of the cartilage which is used for grafting purposes. Only in a rare case to we leave a total L strut, even then it does not flop around with breathing.
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