Information about this procedure is listed under the following headings:


Why do I need this operation?

What are the intended benefits of the surgery?

How is the surgery performed?

What are the potential risks and how great are these risks?

What am I to expect after the operation?

How long will I be off work/school?

Frequently asked Questions





Why do I need this operation?

After trauma to the nose, the nasal bones (see picture) may fracture and shift from their original position. This may cause an obvious deformity of the nose. In addition, when the nasal bones shift, the result may be a narrowing of the nasal passages and a feeling of blockage. A certain amount of this blocked feeling may be due to swelling.



What are the intended benefits of the surgery?

Correction of this injury will improve the external appearance of the nose and relieve the nasal blockage should there be any.



How is the surgery performed?

For about two to three weeks following the injury, the nasal bones will not have healed into place yet. During this 'window' it is possible to move the bones back to their original position. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic. The nose is pushed by the surgeon until the bones slip back to their original position.



What are the potential risks?

There are no significant surgical complications from the surgery. It is important to understand that this operation will improve the position of a 'bent' nose more if the injury sustained caused a big deformity in the first place. The outcome of smaller deformities is not as good. Small lumps and bumps caused by the injury will not be easily corrected with this operation.



What am I to expect after the operation?

A plaster or fibreglass splint may be applied if the bones feel to the surgeon as if their new position is not stable. This will stay on for one week. This operation is not normally painful. Simple analgesia will make you more comfortable.



How long will I be off work / school?

No time need be taken off work or school, other than the day of surgery.



Frequently asked Questions

What will happen if my nose is not corrected by this operation?

It takes approximately six weeks for the swelling to settle after a broken nose. For this reason, there will still be some swelling to go down afterwards. Should you be unhappy with the shape after six weeks have gone by, you can be reviewed in ENT outpatients. A rhinoplasty may be performed. Rarely, a second manipulation may be performed soon after the first operation.

How soon can I return to sport after the operation?

As mentioned above, it takes six weeks for the nose to heal fully (less in children) so the nose will be much more vunerable to injuries during this time.

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Last updated: 23 October 2004