Septum Removal and Re-implantation the Better Way to Correct a Deviated Septum?

Is the complete removal of a deviated septum, restructure and re-implantation during surgery a better way of correcting a deviated septum? Is this likely to lead to a better outcome? What are the additional risks associated with this? Thank you.

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Is removing the septum to repair it a good idea?

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The answer is sometimes. The medical term is extracorporeal septoplasty. However the vast majority of septoplasties can be done without resorting to this technique. It is reserved for the most severe 2-3% of deviations. Why? Because the majority can be successfully managed without it. And it is a much greater degree of surgery, with longer recovery, higher complication rates and greater post operative discomfort.

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