What Happens for a Broken Nose?

I've been told that it just needs to be reset, but i'm wondering if it's going to be painful or will could they possibly give me anesthesia?

Doctor Answers 4

What fixing a broken nose includes

A broken nose will need to be reset through osteotomies of the nasal bones.  The osteotomies consist of fracturing both medial and lateral nasal bones and then a manual resetting of the nasal pyramid back to its normal straight anatomical position.  This is always done under general anesthesia and is usually not very painful in the postoperative period.  Expect bruising and swelling to last 10 days after the procedure and the cast usually stays on the bridge of the nose for 1 week.  The incisions are placed on the inside of the nose and the sutures are dissolvable.

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Window of opportunity

Resetting a broken nose is usually done with a brief anesthesia.

The first couple of weeks or so is the ideal window of opportunity to easily reset the bones before they begin to get more firm. There should be no pain associated with the procedure.  

Christopher J. Peers, MD
South Bend Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Subsequent Rhinoplasty

Setting a broken nose is always done with anesthesia, otherwise it is too painful and the surgeon is not able to do a good job.

Even in the best situation, a subsequent rhinoplasty may be needed. I recommend you keep documentation and X-rays so in the future if you need a secondary procedure, you might be able to have some of the costs covered by your insurance.

M. Vincent Makhlouf, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Treatment of a Broken Nose

When they reset your broken nose you should be given anesthesia so there is absolutely no pain.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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