In order that we may reach definite conclusions in regard to the value of the submucous resection of the septum, it is necessary that we should know what indications, in the operator's opinion, justify its performance. These can be classified under two heads: first, the mechanical indications that lead to the selection of a particular operation in order that we may remove undue redunancy, correct displacement and overcome the resiliency of the septum; this division will not be discussed, as it is understood that all cases in this series were corrected by means of the window resection method; and second, the clinical indications.
It is obvious that not every deflected septum is necessarily pathologic, for we must bear in mind that the patient does not consult us for the deflection itself, but for conditions that have resulted from the unequal ingress of air, which has produced hypertrophies, contact, insufficient drainage
EMERSON FP. THE RESULTS OF THE OPERATION OF SUBMUCOUS RESECTION OF THE SEPTUM IN PRIVATE PRACTICE. JAMA. 1910;55(17):1449-1452. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330170029010