Sailor assists during a septoplasty in operating room.
SAN DIEGO (March 8, 2011) Surgical technician Arnie Bermudez, left, assists Cmdr. Alexander E. Stewart, a rhinologist, during a septoplasty and turb reduction on a patient in the Otolaryngology Department operating room at Naval Medical Center San Diego. The department has 70 staff members and treats more than 20,000 patients a year with medical conditions such as speech, audiology, sinus, vocal cord and swallowing problems. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joseph A. Boomhower/Released)