How Long After Rhinoplasty Until I Can Play Basketball Again?

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Basketball After Rhinoplasty

For sure 6 weeks before your nose has recovered around 80% of its strength.  However, take a hard elbow while fighting for a rebound and you can expect the nasal bones to refracture for as long as 3 to 4 months.

Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Basketball After Rhinoplasty

You should be able to play contact sports again after about 8 weeks. However, BE CAREFUL. You won't fully be healed for about 6 months to a year.

Carlo P. Honrado, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Basketball post rhinoplasty

Nasal bones heal by fibrous union and doe not form callus formation. Fibrous union is takes longer to heal that arm bones fractures. For 6 months I would wear a guard to protect your nose. I now see for fracture noses related to basketball than hockey

David A. F. Ellis, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and basketball

Usually after rhinoplasty I tell patients to limit aerobic exercise for at least 3-4 weeks and then contact sports or heavy lifting for 6-8 weeks.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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How Long After Rhinoplasty Until I Can Play Basketball Again?

             With basketball, you will have to worry about elbows to the nose or other contact. The bones will be solid after a few weeks, but any additional grafting or something of that nature may be easier to shift with contact. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

How Long After Rhinoplasty Until I Can Play Basketball Again?

Month, if you use special mask. Ask about it to your surgeon.


Spanish translation provided by surgeon:

Un mes si usted usa una mascara especial. Pregunte por la mascara a su cirujano/a.

Maria Cristina Picon, MD
Argentina Plastic Surgeon

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