I had septoplasty back in 2000. I was really worried 'cause the few people I talked to who had it and doctors I first consulted all indicated it was a painful ordeal where my sinuses would be stuffed full of gauze for a week straight, and lots of bleeding.
Then I was referred to a Dallas doctor who took at look at my nose for a moment, calmly said, "you have a deviated septum -- I recommend surgery. You will have to take the day off from work for the surgery, and probably the next day as well." I was like, only TWO days?? Sho' 'nuf, the only packing they used was removed as soon as I woke up. I had a few light tubes that stayed in for a few days I think but I could breath thru them. Took them out, and all was well.
This guy had some technique that, at least at the time, not every MD was trained in. It was pretty simple, actually.