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Week of December 17, 2001

    Question:   My husband recently was diagnosed with a deviated septum and referred to an ENT. He has a slight left hand curve in his nose and is not sure if he broke it when he was younger. He is 30 years old and does not take any medication or use nasal sprays. Is there any information on surgery to correct his problem? I have only been able to find information about the pre-surgery. To my dismay, I found that most people who have had the surgery are not happy with the results. What are the risks with this surgery and what can my husband expect? He is wary of having it done even but the deviated septum doesn't allow him to breathe well, have headaches, constant congestion, and nosebleeds.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   Over the past three months my friend's left leg seems to have lost weight. It is approximately 2" smaller in diameter than the left leg and it is almost continually numb. Any ideas what may cause this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I recently saw an ad for a patch that is supposed to help acne scars. It says that it can reduce the appearance of scars and make the skin look smoother and more even. I don't know the name of the drug, but was wondering how good it works? What type of scars does it work best on?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer