Submucous resection of the septum is one of the most common nasal operations. It is next to tonsillectomy in frequency, and it is easy to believe that with the constant increase in specialization, the number of these operations will be greater.
The operation for deflected septum is often wrongly considered to be indicated. This fact should be all the more emphasized since, besides the ordinary risks occurring in any surgical intervention, the complications which may follow are particularly serious because of the possibility of nasal disfigurement. The relation of cause and effect is too evident to the patient to free the rhinologist from blame. Since nasal deformity may sometimes result after a submucous resection performed by a skilled rhinologist, it is difficult to decide whether or not an operation should be performed.
In certain cases, the postoperative nasal disfigurement might be attributed to a specific weakness of the remaining
MALINIAK JW. NASAL DEFORMITIESTHEIR PREVENTION AND CORRECTION FOLLOWING SUBMUCOUS RESECTION; PRESENTATION OF CASES. Arch Otolaryngol. 1927;6(4):320–329. doi:10.1001/archotol.1927.00610010340002