Success of surgery depends to some extent on the size of the
perforation and also on proper
postsurgery care at home. Large perforations are more difficult to close.
The repair may not be as successful in people who smoke or have
diabetes as in other people, because these conditions
can reduce blood supply to the septum.
A doctor may want to try a nonsurgical technique to close the
perforation before suggesting surgery. In some cases, a doctor may insert
septal "buttons" made of silicone or other materials that are cut to fit the
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October 14, 2013
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