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Broken Nose (cont.)

Broken Nose Surgery

Surgery may be needed for multiple breaks in the nose, persistent deformity (such as a deviated septum), or damage to the inner portions of the nose.

  • Some simple surgeries can be performed in the doctor's office.
    • The doctor pushes the broken bones back into place.
    • Special instruments and pain medicine (anesthesia) may be used.
    • Anesthesia may be injected into the nose or placed in the nostrils.
  • Other surgeries are performed in the operating room.
    • These surgeries tend to be more complex and involve realigning the nasal bones and surrounding tissue.
    • Intravenous (IV) anesthesia is often used.
  • Simple fractures that are not out of place do not usually require surgery.
  • A doctor will advise the best treatment plan.

Broken Nose Other Therapy

If a nose might be broken, avoid resting anything on the nose, including glasses and sunglasses.

Do not attempt to straighten the nose. Use ice regularly to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014

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