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 perforation.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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