Cost and Recovery to Fix Broken Nose and Deviated Septum?

The cartilage at the tip of my nose is broken off from the rest of the bridge of my nose. I have a deviated septum. My intake of air has been restricted since the break. I snore so terribly I wake myself up.  My husband sleeps in guest room now. In the morning my mouth is so dehydrated I almost have to peel my tongue off the roof of my mouth. Can surgery fix my broken nose? How much? Insurance? Recovery Time?

Doctor Answers 15

Broken nose and deviated septum

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Based on your story it seems like you likely do have a deviated septum and nasal valve collapse which may have resulted from an injury.  Most times insurance will cover the cost of surgery if your goal is to breathe better.  If you also have cosmetic concerns about the appearance of the nose, insurance may only be able to cover part of the cost.  This also depends on your specific insurance plan.  

You mention a number of different concerns including snoring, dry mouth, and waking up in the night.  I am not sure if all of these concerns are due to a deviated septum.  It is possible you may have obstructive sleep apnea as well, which may be improved by a septoplasty surgery, but may not be cured.  It is best to see a facial plastic surgeon for an in person consultation to find out if surgery is right for you.  You may also want to visit with your primary doctor and ask about if you may need a sleep study to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea.  

Denver Otolaryngologist
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Nasal surgery can be both cosmetic and functional

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Good news! If you need surgery to improve a deviated septum and improve your nasal airway, often this is covered by insurance. Recovery time from functional or cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery is generally a week until you can return to work. Swelling may persist for several months until your final result is evident.

Theda C. Kontis, MD
Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Broken Nose and Deviated Septum

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If you have significant difficulty breathing insurance should cover the correction of the deviated septum if that is the cause.  You shouldn't suffer with that problem.  Your insurance may cover the procedure if it is causing significant obstruction of airway.  Best of luck. Dr. Michael Omidi

An in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess your needs and provide true medical advice.

Michael M. Omidi, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 121 reviews

Cost and recovery of nasal surgery

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Yes, septorhinoplasty will correct your problem and should in part be covered by insurance. Usually, I charge extra ($1,000) for the cosmetic portion if insurance is billed to correct the septal deviation. If no insurance is involved the whole charge is around $5000 all inclusive.  The recovery time is about 1 week off of work.  You can resume sports in 8 weeks.  Good luck in getting your nose fixed.  It will be worth it! 

Jeffrey Marvel, MD
Nashville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

Rhinoplasty - cost, recovery

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I'm sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble with your nose.  If you have nasal airway obstruction, a broken nose, as well as a deviated septum - this is usually covered by insurance.  If there are fine cosmetic changes you want done, you may have to pay a small cosmetic fee.  Regardless, if your nose is causing you so much difficulty, you should definitely see a rhinoplasty surgeon for a consultation.  In terms of recovery - you will likely have a cast, swelling, and perhaps some bruising for about a week.  You will probably also be very congested.  Usually after the first week, you should start to slowly feel back to normal by the end of the second week and be able to resume most of your normal activities.  It will take at least 4-6 mo to really see the final result.

Dr. Cat Begovic M.D.

Cost of nasal surgery and recovery time

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When the cartilage is broken from the rest of the bony nasal bridge of the nose, it can be reset and brought back normal anatomical position. Frequently the nose is also broken and twisted inward towards the airway, which is addressed through harvesting septal cartilage and placing of spreader grafts.

A deviated septum can be also fixed, which is  performed for medical necessity. Surgery can fix a broken nose by resetting the nasal bones. This is all usually covered under a patient’s medical insurance. Anything to change the shape of the nose is considered cosmetic and has to be paid for by the patient. Recovery takes approximately two weeks. During the first week after surgery there will be some degree of swelling, bruising, and inability to breathe out of the nose.
 Please see the link below for many examples of rhinoplasty and our price list.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Fixing Broken Nose

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A septorhinoplasty will repair the deformity and breathing obstruction caused by your broken nose. As long as you can document your trauma, the insurance company should pay the appropriate benefits.

The total cost is usually about $7,000. Your surgeon's office will help determine your personal responsibility. The initial healing will take 10-14 days, but the result will continue to improve for one year. Good luck! Have your surgery; improve your appearance and breathing, and then get your husband back.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Broken Nose and Deviated Septum

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Hi Julia,

Yes. your insurance should cover the deviated septum, nasal fracture and any other medical problems related to your snoring.

The typical recovery time for this surgery is about 7 to 10 days. The procedures you will need include: Septoplasty -- to fix the deviated septum; Open Reduction Nasal Fracture -- to fix the nasal fracture and procedures related to your snoring.

If you are considering any cosmetic work as well the price can vary from $4K to $10K. Make sure you get computer imaging to see what your nose will look like after the surgery.



Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 285 reviews

Snoring and rhinoplasty

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Snoring usually has nothing to do with a deviated septum. If you have a severely deviated septum, sometimes insurance will cover this portion. It will not cover the cosmetic portion to raise your tip, refine your tip, and treat your nasal bump.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Snoring can be a sign of something else that rhinoseptoplasty (nose job) cannot fix.

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As stated rhinoseptoplasty can fix the deviated septum and improve the appearance of the nose. Insurance may cover a portion of the former but not the latter.

As for your snoring, this may be due to an enitrely different problem and may even be indicative of sleep apnea syndrome, as serious condition. You should seek evaluation of this possible condition by a otolaryngologist. Occasionally an sleep study is indicated as well as special x-rays or endoscopic evaluation of the airway.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

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